Dove and Hand Songs

Doves. See them up on the high wire
notes on the composers score sheet,
waiting to break into song flights of
wave after wave of fanned out feather soaring

Look, the way the flying dove’s tail
splays out white-tipped piano keys
caressing the face of the wind
into a rhapsody of flight rising

beyond rippling scales of their musical destinies
of blue sky sailing and coo-cooing the dawn.
then skating into those bow bends
of Hopkin’s aerial ecstasy.

Look. Our fingers spread open to white-tipped
fingernails that play a different tune
and sing too — with fingers that touch
the faces of those we love.


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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