Birth

Birth

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Birth

 

 

in a NY minute

taxis scream bloody murder

bleating into the darkest midnight

 

sirens in the womb of a borough

blast through cesarean walls of traffic

concrete jungle's screeching mania

 

and somewhere up on the third floor of a tenament

a woman screams with delight,

then within the next NY minute

tucks her  mouth into a sheet

and hisses at the bruises on her lip

 

she hides her redemption under the pillow

and as he rises toward his cigarette

she pulls the trigger

he explodes into the hovering half-moon

 

and in the next NY minute

taxis scream bloody murder

she tries to summon a ride

flying out the window

 

feeling the freedom of soaring

until she lies face down

upon the roof of the yellow cab

 

life in red seeping out of her conscience

but wearing a smile.

 

 

erin-cilberto

9/9/17


© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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Unique. Gripping...creation. Write on! Picture captured in words!

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you for your kind words, kitty.
j.
Not sure if this is about domestic violence or a prostitute leaving a John's apartment. In either case, the imagery is graphic and real....very real. Raw emotions. I liked it. Lydi**

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Lydi.
j.
Sounds like a one minute glimpse into the life of a tenant in ‘The Pink Houses’; earthy, poignant and no holds barred imagery! Distressing yet fascinating write … :-)

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for the kind review, Phill.
j.
"NY minute" madness, lethally, graphically chronicled.."She hides her redemption under the pillow"-brilliant....is something born, or did someone bleed to death- or vice- versa? Great. Love this.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, and pondering, Annette.
j.
wow, this one sure does rock you...
so good jacob.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you, Ana, for your kind, extended visit and insights...
j.
Closed

2 Months Ago

My pleasure. I enjoy visiting. :)
A very sobering tale of 'domestic violence'.You tell this in such vivid detail with so few words Jacob. We can see the streets and hear the noise of New York as it churns away like a swollen river regardless.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, John.
j.
This displays the harsh realities of urban life. The gritty life some lead often result in bad ends. The last line feels like her relief.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Tim.

j.
Drips sarcasm.
Murder and suicide are flamboyantly portrayed ; terrifying and, yet, spectacular.
Stunning poetry!



Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Jimmy.
j.
A very interesting and grabbing story of this baby birth, perhaps of the author himself in NY and its many facets. I like to read the whole story one time. Excellent, Jacob.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Sami.
j.
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

You are welcome, Jacob.
By the way
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jacob erin-cilberto
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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