the farmer's almanac

the farmer's almanac

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

the farmer's almanac

 

 

goodbye, stable boy

the milk is infected

the horses are drawn and haggard

the hay is soaked with tears

 

your good book

has been slammed shut

and your services are no longer needed here

find another countryside to peddle your wares

 

i am sure your wisdom would reign as King

somewhere people might listen to reason

but this barn is soon to be burning

 

maybe we can all sit around

roast marshmallows on the fire

and pray that salvation

is as close as the next field of 

untainted grain.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

11/16/16 


© 2016 jacob erin-cilberto



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A most relevant piece for the times. Leave it to the poet to share his marshmallows and provide hope for tomorrow's generation of farmers, one poem at a time. I will bring chocolate and Graham wafer squares to make s'mores.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

thanks, Witty...love those s'mores for sure. Something is roasting!

j.
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Gee
There certainly is a change a coming Jacob, and probably not for the better. Donald has the matches primed and ready to go

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

yes, so true...thank you, Gee.
j.
Gee

10 Months Ago

And to think not that long ago there were sections of the UK public putting together a petition to h.. read more
Somehow, I don't think has any thing to do with farming.

I saw this to be about society or possibly the current political turmoil.


Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

so perceptive...thank you, James.

j.
WHAT AM I?: Nephilim WHAT AM I?: Nephilim
A teen boy gets killed, but trades his soul for another chance. He changes. A girl notices the new boy with silver eyes.
the King
the stable
the harvest
how'd you know this piece
would capture me...
if only, we'd listen to His words.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

if only...thank you, Bacchus.

j.
Very well depicts the current affairs of farming around the world. I had heard my grandfather say during my childhood the same thing. While people injected artificial ingredients to get good price in the market in the name of revolution now again we find people earning in the name of 'Organic'. It is so sad that what was our right to have is now for what we have to pay. Nothing seems natural. Food ripened in artifical ways or fruits added with artificial colours to fetch good price, seems like very less choice in the market when it comes to natural items.

Very well pointed growing issue and also very important one.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

i like your take on this one, tanmay...thank you for stopping by and leaving your words...
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Catchy, clever title. Sad commentary on the plight of the farmer - not just farming but an entire way of life. Like how you ended it - sarcastic yet somber. A thought-provoking write for sure.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

thank you for your kind, insightful words, Pete.
j.
A very sad state of affairs here on the farm. Looking on the bright side, at least we have marshmallows. For now.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

yes, for now...thank you, D.
j.
This is clever, certainly, but that would be damning this piece with faint praise. There is a muted dystopia here to be sure, and a fin-de-siècle feel of a way of life, a certain outlook, being sidelined if not outright exiled. This is awfully fine stuff, and I'm more than a little jealous of it.

Posted 10 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

thank you for your very kind review, W.k.
j.
this makes me wonder about the world. When i read a piece i want it to make me feel deep, make me think personally. you have done just that.

Posted 11 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Raven.
j.
The world is divided now, more than ever. Socially, yes, it has always been so, but now it is divided by technology and the most brilliant minds that lead us have no idea how the real world works. are we seeing the passing of yet another honourable profession for the sake of progress? Good write, j.

Posted 11 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

10 Months Ago

i really appreciate your review, Ted....

j.

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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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