where have all the epic poems gone?

where have all the epic poems gone?

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

where have all the epic poems gone?


the short poem
sat in the home,
pondering of when it was longer
more metaphoric,
deeper,

now it tries so hard 
to remember most of the words 
it once held in its iambic fingers
the heart beat has slowed
the rhythm losing its mind

the nurses feed him syllables
hold the thesaurus in front of him
he says he's cold,
feels the chill of obscure cadence
the clarity of stanza
flowing into some misfit wind of memory

the short poem
reaches for its blanket logic
but his fingers are too arthritic
to stretch toward the keys

and his talent is like a carriage
on an old typewriter too rusted
to return to the margins...


erin-cilberto
2/11/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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Bravo! A fantastic read. I felt so for the little poem. How you made it live :) That's talent! I.I.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, I.I....

j.
Isabella Ivy

1 Month Ago

Any time j!
Fantastic work J, one of your top 5 best and i can't remember number one there's been so many. yes where have they gone, a bit like movies, in all the mass production one just stands out as an epic. Ben Hur comes to mind.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

appreciate your kind words, andrew.

j.
It's in us all, just waiting to come out.
Unfortunately my epic writes always seem to be at funerals. Just never looks good taking notes at these sad times.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

i don't know...i shall try forever to write the epic...but the muse has me in my niche---and that ki.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

and we just keep trying...motivation....thanks, Paul.
j.
Paul Bell

1 Month Ago

I sometimes think you need to be despondent, or have tragedy hit you before you can write the epic.
I do not think I can add to the superlatives that others have already spoken about this poem Jacob.. one of your best I think...

perhaps, the epic poems are left for you to discover and keep them alive... we poets are the needed story tellers....

redzone

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Curt.

appreciate you.
j.
This was so elegantly written, I truly enjoyed this piece :) thank you for sharing!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind words, Ou va..

j.
Good lord this is MAGNIFICENT!
love it j. R xo

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Rach...

j.
We hardly see formal poems coming from the youth. Tho the greatest inspiration comes from old, renowned poets like Shakespeare,Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe....just to name a few.
One of the best I've read, being honest.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your words, Tazeen.

j.
The epic poem had its effect on me whilst still in short trousers. My ability to remember long phrases from them resulted in me getting high marks in English and English Literature exams. I can still annoy my wife when I quote lines from Shakespeare etc to back up any arguments :-))


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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

or lines from what was it "Thanatopsis" (spelling)?

i still do remember some of those.. read more
Norman223

1 Month Ago

Thanks Jacob for mentioning Thanatopsis. I had never read it before. American poets were not on .. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

and if you look at that painting of Bryant...he looks very much like a heavily bearded John Gielgud... read more
the short poem
sat in the home,
pondering of when it was longer
more metaphoric,
deeper,

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for reading, Allen.

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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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