For Karen, a requiem

I Want to Hold Still in the Mountains
for Karen, and those we loved so dearly

I want to hold still in the mountains.
I want to touch silence in the rocks,
See the sun in the eagle’s morning eyes.

I want to hold still in the mountains.

Let the pines grow out of my skin.
Winds howl in my mouth.
Let trout catch me, mule deer stalk me.
Let earth make paths like veins
Through all my grasses.

Hold still in the mountains.

Let the stream drink from my hands.
Stars kneel and pray in my rib cage.
Let the pines warm themselves by my glowing embers.

In the mountains.

Let the snowflakes take communion from my hands.
Moon shine clear through me.
Let the mountains embrace me in their arms.
I need to hold still, in the mountains.


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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3 Responses to For Karen, a requiem

  1. Jim, this is harrowingly beautiful….

  2. Rosemerry says:

    oh yes, this embodiment, this disembodiment, this becoming all that is, all that we already are. it’s really beautiful, Jim, and so right for Karen.

  3. Ciletti says:

    Rosemerery, since you know her so well, I deeply appreciate your validation of this for her. 🙂 Jim

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