Today, the mail brought this poem to me, from one of the writers in my prison writers workshop, I cannot give you his name, but through three different prisons in the CDOC prison system, and the loss of his son, (and not allowed to attend the funeral), this writer, well, here are his words.

“End of Year Reflection”
By G.

I look out the window and see snow
it’s Christmas day and the world is white

I’m completely rejuvenated and yet I know
there’s good and evil — right and wrong

I’ve often stumbled –not thought things through
busy listening to the sound track of my life

And this morning I’m hearing Christmas carols
as well as childhood sounds
sights and smells. . .
reminding me of better times,
when the world
was simple
and all was well.


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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