First, the leaves

First, the leaves fell, floated, swirled to earth,
Second, snowflakes laced the garden white
Third, rain drops drizzled, soaked the ground
Now, garlic greens poke up through the mulch of leaves
And display the magic of white snow turning into
White cloves simmering in the olive oil for pasta sauce.

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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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