A Spiritual Connection with Mother Nature

Last Friday, May 6, 2016
when I gave a poetry workshop to middle school students
a hand shot up, a voice asked
“Why do poets write so much about nature?”

I said, “All of you, hold out your hands,
now touch your face. Stand up, sit down.
Energy, life. From nature. Everything we are
has come from nature, and with foods grown
from the bounty of Mother Nature, we thrive.
Poets know this. We all have a very important
physical and spiritual relationship with nature.

We value our spiritual, for many poets, sacred,
connection with nature and express this in poetry
and song. That is why, if you want to be a good poet
you have to write about more than selfie ego poems.
You have to find within yourself, your love and respect
for nature; observe, write/interpret, and share
Mother Nature with others. Eat a juicy bite of watermelon,
let the juices run down your chin, slurp it all up,
swallow. Nature Rocks!

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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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