A Mother’s Love

North, 125 miles to visit my 95-year-old Mother,
a pot of my homemade sauce and meatballs
in the box on the back seat.  Arrival.

Hugs, “Mom, you look great. Are you ready to eat soon?
Water’s boiling, pasta be ready in 15 minutes.”
“I can eat anytime.” We wheel her to the table.

We eat. “Mama, you like the sauce?”
“I taught you how to make it.”
“Yes, I just use more oregano and basil.”

I wipe off a spot of sauce from her chin.
Spooning up the last mostaccioli
Mama says, “You can cook for my wedding.”


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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