our true home

Thich Nhat Hahn writes, “our true home is the present moment, the miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on green earth in the present moment.”
I have to remind myself of this — because — pain from surgery makes me think more of the day when I will be pain-free, than being now in the present moment, which I want to escape. So, today, I will let the earthworms hear my footsteps, and will dig out the weeds from the yard, say hello to the ache in my back, and be face to face to greet all I meet. Wherever you are, I smile to 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 our true home

  1. jhwriter says:

    Isn’t it interesting that we say we’re “in pain” when we hurt but “full of joy” when happy. Sounds like you’re experiencing both at the same time. Not everyone can do that, Jim. It’s one of the finer gifts of your nature. Your earthworm comment reminds me of Issa’s poem:

    The dog tilts his head:
    I guess the earthworm’s singing
    really gets to him.

  2. Waiting for you to be well, and loving you all the time!  M.

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