Autumn’s Mystery

As long finger-length yellow leaves
twirl, spin, float, and flutter to earth —
are we watching a tree shed its skin?
Or a flock of birds bursting out of a yellow cage?

Tonight, we’ll shed our works, worries and laughter, open
a bedroom window to autumn’s chill, snuggle in,
wrapping arms around one another; with crickets serenading
under blankets of fallen leaves we’ll spin into asleep

Tomorrow, we’ll brush aside blankets of leaves
spade up brown earth, poke finger-deep holes
crack apart the bulbs to plant new garlic cloves
to sprout early roots for spring’s green growth.

Each leaf a wish, a prayer, a dream,
sunfire kisses flying in the wind


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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2 Responses to Autumn’s Mystery

  1. Helen Hudson says:

    Beautiful. . .perfect for this time of year. Saying what has been said before but in a goldenly different way. Ah…poet….thank you.

  2. Ciletti says:

    Helen, words of light from you always inspire me to write better and share more. I could never surpass Keat’s Ode to Autumn, but cannot resist some sharing of this beautiful season. Thank you. J.

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