Simplicity

This evening, as I watch the evening sky shed bright skin
for the cool gray and blue of late sundown;
as finches mellow us with a twilight song
shades of green lawn hide the dark houses for bugs
I think of a quote from Dag Hammerskjold,
former, Secretary General of the U.N.

“In the point of rest in the center of our being, we encounter
a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a
tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man (and woman)
a cosmos whose riches we can only catch a glimpse.
“The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us
a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.”

Hammerskjold’s book is entitled, Markings.

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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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