Heilke’s Gift

Heilke brought a bouquet of tulips to Mary.

As I write morning pages,
they’re right in front of me;
yellow sunfire
tulips    tulips     tulips   tulips
  tulips     tulips    tulips
 tulips tulips  tulips  tulips
closed mouthed,
blushing pink along their cheeks.
I’m going to sit here,
wait for this choir to
open their mouths and sing.
You too.

And when we hear their song
maybe we’ll also hear what
was said to them
to open their lips
and sing so beautifully.

You too.


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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