Breakfast of Champions
from Journal notes

Start with Mary’s yellow bundt cake
with rum flavored icing
pour your coffee into a big mug and
take them with your journal out to
the table under the grapevine arbor to write,
nibble cake,
sip coffee,
ask yourself,

“What color are the eyes of god?”
Look around, the fushia pink of the geraniums,
the butterfly’s blinking shadow,
the eye of the fish you caught, or the
angry red of the fire burning your life?

Breakfast of champions.
Sip Coffee.
Taste sweet rum cake.
Write the question,
“How big is god’s hand?”
The leaf of the grapevine?
The tower of that 90 foot blue spruce tree,
maybe your grandson’s face.

Sip coffee.
Feel the breeze.
Enjoy the crumbs and ask yourself,
“Does god run?” — scamper like the
squirrel you shot b-bs at? Lope like the horse.
Maybe god’s lazy, doesn’t like to run,
perhaps crawls like a beetle.

Now the cup is empty.
A black ant “sniffs” a crumb.
This questioning could go on,
“What’s the sound of god’s voice?” —
Go on until it’s time to suit up and
hit the bricks to work.
But first I have to ask you,
do you like rum-icing cake?
Eat! — what color are your eyes?


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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  1. Darling,

    My rum cake immortalized!  You are so wonderful, my Renaissance man of my dreams!

    Love you with all my heart!


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