stained interceptions

stained interceptions

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

stained interceptions


name dropping writers
like sorting old shirts
with limp collars
and worn size tags,

too many washes of dialect
and intellect

the tide rushes over the words
and the ink runs to the sand of deception
embellishing the stains of scholarly
exhaustion,

and we find ourselves desperate
to be them,
knowing we aren't proficient enough with the craft
to dip our toes in their waters

and all that window dressing
up would have been better served
at a Goodwill

maybe our entire lives are just aspirings 
and plagiarisms
of phrases that went to parchment graveyards
in inkwell skies

long before we were born.


erin-cilberto
10/9/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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I like how there is a variety of emotion here. Hope laced with defeat. Maybe? Doomed from the start. Beyond comprehension someone could step into their shadow. This will get you thinking. Poetic exploration. Nice work.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review, duff.

j.
method

1 Month Ago

My pleasure jacob.
Wow! Pow! Right in the solar plexus of false literati and doomed poets. Scathing, mourning, owning the stage. I applaud you my friend. Brilliant.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you , my friend.
j.
Your poem does not appear to me as being defeatist, Jacob, despite its tone.
The difference between prose and poetry (in my opinion) lies between a declaration of your viewpoint or creating a conundrum that can produce a multitude of conclusions. By this, a writer can see, and be seen through many eyes.
N.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Norman...yes, through many eyes.
j.
desperate yet hopeful. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Ranger.
j.
Brings home the truth here! Best to rest on our own laurels eh! Again a beautiful factual write. Thanks for sharing.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review, kitty,
j.
kitty

1 Month Ago

Don't mention!
Times change and people do too. thanks for sharing this wonderful poetry.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

you are kind, thank you, Roxane.
j.
marilyn 1225

1 Month Ago

interesting that writers, scholars who seem almost untouchable are imperfect too why aspire when .. read more
Nothing in this world has been said that has not already been said before. All one can aspire to is to say it again in our unique, signature style, one that we dream for the world to recognize sime day.
A poet is always plagued by self-doubt, however brilliant he or she may be in their chosen genre. You have brought out that feeling amazingly in this poem, Mr. Jacob. Like I always feel awed by your poetry.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

you are very kind with your review, DIVYA...
thank you.
j.
yes we still write in hope and maybe to hold onto those who have read our works but have clearly departed, such is life on those who tread tenderly and are put off easily .

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

so true, andrew...

thank you.
j.
and we find ourselves desperate
to be them,
knowing we aren't proficient enough with the craft
to dip our toes in their waters

guess few feels so be desperate to be them...
the reason i write is for me to express my thoughts and writing itself is a sense of freedom in itself..

i can only speak for myself :) not others...
but i guess its always better to stick to your work than making someone else yours.. thanks for sharing this one.. i like the lines you have used here..
of phrases that went to parchment graveyards

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review, Galadriel...
j.
I guess originality is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary concept. WE all see forms we love and it is natural to follow them but most of us want to put our own stamp on the page. And yes most of us feel we could not hold a candle to the true scholars and natural poets. But still we write in hope. As always so well constructed and thought provoking.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, we still write in hope....
thank you for your kind review, 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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