1969---the War Within

1969---the War Within

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

1969---the War Within



how many cliffs did you almost master

but the earth slipped out from under your feet

and the fall almost killed you

before the drugs could


how many suns did you crash into

with scathing dreams of white powder

and waves of psychedelic splashes

making music against the shoreline


are you still away from yourself?

am i the finger on your trigger hand

will you hold the gun steady against my head?

should i write the note?

or is your cursive planning 

to outlive your heart


and leave us a screenplay 

of the life you almost survived.






© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto

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A painful recounting of the days of flower power and free sex, drugs and rock and roll. Although those of us who did not partake still wonder. Nice one Jacob!

Posted 5 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

yes, it was a time of movement...not all good, not all bad...but lots was happening---unlike today.... read more

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Added on October 1, 2017
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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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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