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A Smile's Cost

A Smile's Cost

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

A Smile's Cost



tragic windfall
the money cliff beckons
over the edge gluttony

eat the green monster
and become one,
paper money mind 
in counterfeit waves
of happy and sad

there is no calm water
even if we think we can afford it
the reflection of the moon off the so-called glass
conjures a lucrative feeling

and then suddenly our emotions go broke
our character fades into an overdraft notice
and even the safety deposit box

is just an empty sensation.



erin-cilberto
9/27/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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Sometimes we wonder, when we are down if life itself has meaning but when we look at the good things we have been blessed with we chide ourselves for harboring vain thoughts.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

really like your insights on this one, kitty...
thank you,
j.
kitty

3 Weeks Ago

Years of life's experiences has taught me to be grateful and accepting. Have a lovely week.
"there is no calm water
even if we think we can afford it"

What a poignant line, sir. Another brilliant piece.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kindness, Stonz.

j.
"Love of money is the root of all evil"...how true. Some people get a thrill from a little bit of extra cash in their pocket or from buying some toy or bauble. The sensation fades though...because material things do not bring happiness. I liked this one a lot, Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your insightful and kind review, Lydi.
j.
Money. A piece of paper given value by the world. Everybody wants it because there is so much of it. Yet, somehow there isn't enough to go around. We think it can buy happiness. It can't. Only we, by being people, can afford the cost of a smile. Thank you for the enlightening words friend.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Seeker.
j.
there is no calm water
even if we think we can afford it
the reflection of the moon off the so-called glass
conjures a lucrative feeling

Indeed, the bite of the green monster is damning! The pursuance of money thrills initially, yet leaves one feeling like an empty box eventually. A deep, beautiful poem Mr. Jacob.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, DIVYA...
j.
DIVYA

3 Weeks Ago

You are most welcome!
Beautiful and oh so true. The best things in life are free, but oh, the cost is too high. Lovely :)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your generous words, Ana.
j.
Indeed we seem to have our priorities so wrong. Acquisition, wealth, money making money but building on sand and with no social conscience. And when it all goes wrong what is left. You paint in poetic lectures Jacob.


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you, John----i would hope that the lectures don't get too tedious---
j.
John Alexander McFadyen

3 Weeks Ago

Not at all, very enlightening and of course highly poetic.
You're so good at writing, it's ridiculous. One transaction after another we're all giving up our riches to become twice as poor, penniless and emotionless.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your very kind words, Keegan.
j.
ha great poet you are love it
truly special the way you write
you make my morning coffee stir

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

hope it doesn't spill....thank you for the kind words, Julie....
j.

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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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