To my bride Mary, and to all my loving
and wonderful friends,
love is easy.

To fear love — like the grass
fearing the blowing snow
that brings life-giving water,

fearing love is like grapes hiding from
wine-bubbling sunlight,
tomatoes and plums  shying from moonlight,

but love asks for nothing; to receive love
you don’t even have to open your arms;
sip the wine, gulp the water,

enjoy the tomato and plums,
slurp up the goodness of love,
the goddess is already in you.


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 LOVE IS EASY

  1. Dear Jim,

    We have shared the changing of the grass to green in springtime, the snowfall of dark nights in winter, the sweet and sensual taste of grapes and plums in  warm and happy times.

    Now, together as the years flit away, we will still see flowers grow, cool winds blow, feel grass soft under our feet, and always know that together we see and feel the world in the special way that only lovers do.

    I treasure you in good times and in bad times.

    You are my darling Valentine!


  2. Rosemerry says:

    “you don’t even have to open your arms” … that is so beautiful. The receiving can even be done when we are in our most closed space. I try to remember this sometimes with my kids.

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