Millionaire’s Delight

Yesterday, had I been a millionaire and
able to hire a gardener or two, I —
I still would have knelt in the earth
and brushed back the crunchy leaves to see,
touch, oh! two-inch green shoots of new garlic.

Would have pruned scratchy rose bushes and
sucked blood from my thorn-stabbed thumb;
cut back the lower aspen branches,
plucked up the withered  dead tomato and
pepper plants, snapped off hollyhock stalks.

The earth under my fingernails —
curved sliver of the new moon.


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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