fathoms deep

fathoms deep

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

fathoms deep

 

 

grace deserted

left us with a

Hail Mary full of flurry

Blessed art thou among wings

and Blessed is the fruit of

thy windy womb,

Jesus,

 

help us find the healing

so the threesome in the Atlantic

doesn't bury us in current

turning us to an Atlantis...

 

because drowning tongues

can no longer recite prayers

they just froth at the mouth

of heaven----

 

then genuflect into the abyss.

 

 

9/8/17


© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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If Mr T says global warming's a myth. You've got to get behind the windbag. Though I would make sure I was a long way behind him.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

yes, way behind...thank you, Paul.
j.
We were supposed to get pummeled. The governor called out the National Guard. But the storm changed direction. And Miami, a city of 6 million was in the cross-hairs of the eye of Irma but instead, was spared. For the magnitude of this natural disaster I think we are much more fortunate than the worst case scenario thus far. I hope and pray that trend continues.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

i hope you are alright, with the storm and all, Fabian....

j.
Searingly and passionately written. Your poem vents and expresses so well how our faith is sorely challenged in the face of disaster and tragedy. Indelible imagery-"drowning tongues....froth at the mouth of heaven"-why? how? It is beyond human understanding. And so we hold on to the faith that can save us, and pray...

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Annette...

j.
How does one even review this other then to say its wonderful... I get a similar feeling reading Lenard Cohen. "because drowning tongues can no longer recite prayers" this line had an impact on me. The poem says many thing but regardless seems to hold a mysteriousness about it. Well penned.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Glen...
j.
I hear them scream. I hear you scream. I will scream too.Forgive us fury, for we are sinners....

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you, Queenie...
j.
We do not respect nature enough, we abuse and take for granted and yet it can, if it so wishes wipe us out completely.
In the wake of this disaster we see how unimportant and miniscule mankind really is.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

if it wishes to, yes it can do that...thank you for your insights, Stella.
j.
wonderful poem
powerfully expressing the consequences of neglecting faith and belief in God and his powers to help us through dark times into the light and hope.
a nice prayer for those who will suffer and have already suffered at the hands of hurricanes.
stay safe

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your words, pia...
j.
stark picture when one faces natural disasters without Faith ... we are powerless even when we think we are in control... a horrifying thought that in death a final breath denies God and finds in fact God waits for us ... our admit ticket just the slimmest of belief :{ no denying the compassion and empathy for those suffering, jacob ..sad that such profound destruction seems the thing that gives Americans the chance to come together .. it has been such a round of horribly divisive politics
... your poem has given me much food for thought .. so many ways one can sort through hurricanes ..
E.
ps strong voice sir!

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your insightful reply, E.

j.
This one nails the whole concept of praying when faced with a natural disaster that is heading your way and you are powerless to stop. Such a fruitless exercise as in 'grace deserted' Jacob.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your words, John.

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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