Fiber Light Love

This morning, coffee cup in my right hand, sitting,
facing out to the west and the snowy mountains,
a huge gray-white saucer of a cloud
seems to be smothering Pikes Peak.

In my left hand, a card that accompanied a book
I received yesterday, from my dear friend
Myles, in Philadelphia. Myles, a year ahead of me,
was one of my “angels” when I joined the Jesuits,

1961, studying to be a priest. Because his back
needed a spinal fusion, they made Myles exit
the Jesuits — and after three months in a body cast,
Myles went on to be a social worker.

Today, in an assisted living facility in Philly,
Myles suffers from acute fiber myalgia — but
went out, bought a book about poetry and mailed it
to me, with this card, now in my left hand.

“I wish I could show you. . .the astonishing light
of your own being,” 

I send out Myles’s message to all of you — with light
and love from myself and this loving friend, Myles.


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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