Painful Delight

For whatever reason, twisting in my sleep, or the rain-change in the weather, as I sat into my desk chair a bolt of pain shot up through my back and, wincing, I turned my head to the right to look out the window, and there, 8 feet in front of me, in her nest in the spruce tree, the Momma turtle-dove was snuggling up against her two fledglings, too big  now to be under her.

One fledgling raised its short wings, fluttered them,  opened its beak, yawned like a newborn child, then laid its head on Momma’s wing.

I called Mary, “Come and see them.” She picked up the binoculars for an even better look and said, “That is so darling. Momma dove and her babies, snuggled against the misty rain.”

Not from pain but from Nature’s grace, my eyes watered. On his deathbed, snow falling on his face, Issa wrote his final Haiku, “This snow, it too is from heaven.”


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 Painful Delight

  1. jhwriter says:

    Issa! What a genius! Who also wrote:

    In this world
    We walk on the roof of hell
    Gazing at flowers

    And peaches and plums, of course….

  2. This is lovely!  Thank you for sharing so many beautiful things through poetry.  Love You, M.

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