New Poetry Winter 2004-05

A blue caterpillar makes its leggy return
to a silk cloister on the sill.

Below the open window, I stumble
through a dream of love and

rejection -- a child again, fallen
out of step with the millipede, my teacher.

Like a cooling mantra, an early morning breeze
ripples, then settles over my tightened brow.

I will honor the thousand-legged,
the single heart.

James BertolinoJames Bertolino, Poet & Planetary Visionary

James Bertolino's poetry has been published in magazines, books, and anthologies internationally for almost 40 years, from "Drool" published in 1968 to his most recent, "Pocket Animals: 60 Poems" published in 2002 by Egress Studio Press. Check out his website to purchase his publications through Egress Studio Press and for more information and free beautiful poetry greeting cards that you can copy & print directly from his website. Read other poems James has kindly allowed us to print at Satya Center in the James Bertolino Archive.

(Picture of spirit being is clip art and the photo of James, courtesy of the poet. All poems reprinted here with the kind permission of James Bertolino.)