a rare currency

a rare currency

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

 a rare currency

 

sporadic memory bank

a reserve of intense pension

a social insecurity

there is no retirement of a painful past

it lingers on the job

refusing to take its walking papers

 

so we keep writing checks with a bleeding heart pen

and our accounts diminish to discontent

 

when asked to deposit affections

we sign our poems

and slip a wry smile to the teller,

then turn around and walk out of another relationship

 

just as broke as before.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

8/2/15


© 2015 jacob erin-cilberto



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And while that painful past doggedly refuses "its walking papers"--in the end--we gratefully accept ours.
Perhaps, not "broke" but broken.
Impressive work!

Posted 3 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Days Ago

thank you for your kind words, Jimmy.
j.
"there is no retirement of a painful past

it lingers on the job

refusing to take its walking papers"---

A ruthless, flesh and blood reality . Well depicted.
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Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Anand...
j.
Honest thoughts made the reader think and ponder my friend.
"so we keep writing checks with a bleeding heart pen
and our accounts diminish to discontent"
I liked the flow of thoughts leading to true ending. The above lines are true. We can find ourselves empty and broke. Thank you Jacob for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you, Coyote.....
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

You are welcome Jacob.
erin-cilberto,
"a rare currency" This one was a difficult one for me.
"A reserve of intense pension" Why must we retain the dead things in a place or a pension? How many do this? It is so destructive. Maybe we feel we are in control if we nurse old loss.
"Then turn around and walk out of another relationship just as broke as before. My hope is that we as human souls recognize the different places we are at and give a little tenderness, understanding and a listening ear to another person's reality.
Thanks for this wonderful, honest portrayal of this aspect of the human condition.
Blessings,
Kathy


Posted 2 Months Ago


Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

You are very welcome!
jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

and thank you for bringing this one back to board----
Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

Our inner essence matters, the building block of what we process often times in layers of pain, grow.. read more
great metaphor...

but we can still find solace on account of the fact that

we are all just a little richer for having received the gift of your poetry

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

you are kind, thank you, rubie.

j.
Well if it takes a new infusion of currency I'll write you a huge check just so I can keep reading your poetry.

There is a "Never Ending" quality to your pen and ink.

Regards,
Al

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

thank you for your kind words,
j.
Awww. ...and then the malfunctioning ATMs and recorded messages about overdrafts, payments due, let me sell you more of the same....:)

Thank you for the smile. I am a little less broke.

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

and your response gave me a smile back, thank you for that,
j.
Id buy a poor man 's heart than a rich man's pride any day:)

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

ah i like that.

thank you, Queenie...

j.
A very nice poem. One of my favorite lines was "and our accounts diminish to discontent". Ah, it takes life experience to pen such a line. A heart-wrenching acknowledgment.

This was greatly enjoyed. High marks.

Best regards,

Rick

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

thank you for the kind review, Rick.

j.
This is sad but also very comical the way you have used the system as the background for the write. Well done. Valentine

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

thank you for your kind review, Kathie.

j.

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jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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