Cupping It

You ever notice the way women
will hold a porcelain tea cup by its handle
but in the chill of morning cradle a mug
with both hands, look out the window while
feeling what is going on inside of themselves. . .

But the construction workers on break
open their thermos and resting
an elbow on a knee hold the cup up
and even lean into it to drink,
reserving energy to swing the hammer again

And the infant doesn’t bother with hands —
snuggles in and chug-a-lugs from the nipple
until sated and droopy eyed,
is ready for a gentle burb.
How easily we know ourselves.


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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