The Mailman

The Mailman

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto
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inspired by Paul's "The Letters"

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the Mailman


you were sweet words
and a stamp
i was distance,
licked envelope flaps
and unreadable cursive

then we were in the same mailbox
which got smaller and smaller
until the letters were from lawyers
(not ones in love)
and there were plaintiffs
and defendants 
decrees and degrees of friction

then letters of dismissal
dissolution
and evolution
resurrection

as life went on as usual
and there was an unusual calm
that pervaded
after you had so beautifully invaded
my postmark

and left your date
on the seal
of my good nature

postage due.


erin-cilberto
10/30/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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To start with in any relationship, there's just two.
Circumstances can change this into three.
Then as you put it so affectionately.
This can lead to all sorts of people invading your privacy. I don't get why you can have drive through marriages. But no drive through divorces. Need to ask my lawyer that question. Or just ask the real lawyers in the bar.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i'd like to know what he or she says about the drive-thru divorces...

thank you for y.. read more
Paul Bell

2 Weeks Ago

I must admit, Jacob. I'm glad I came across this site.
The diversity is amazing. I was actual.. read more



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Hi enjoyed this
Love the mail and checking my letter box
Not the bills or brochures

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you for your words and the smile, Julie.
j.
Juliespenhere.

5 Days Ago

No problem yes well enough can’t complain I work in a cancer dept so lots worse
Perhaps forever stamps are the answer. :))

Masterly as always; I do so very much admire your writing jacob.

Beccy.

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jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you for your kind words, Beccy,
j.
This contains beautiful, ugly truth.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Kasey....
j.
What a unique and fresh metaphor to potray the toils and transitions in a relationship. The end hits hard. The whole poem is perfectly worded. I wouldn't change a thing!! An excellent poem, Sir!


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review......

j.
Many long-ago memories of the way things were done the long & hard way . . . not like the abrupt ghost disappearances of today's online relationships! Love your artfully-crafted metaphor loaded with emotion (((HUGS))) Fondly Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, Margie.
j.
barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

Coincidentally, after reading both yours & Paul's poem, I had dinner with a friend that's been marri.. read more
"Return to sender, address unknown..." As Elvis might have said. Collected belongings sent by parcel post. Great metaphor as always. I enjoyed.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, Fabian.

j.
what a unique way to portray the end of a relationship ... I like the transitions over time ... its all there ... we can see and feel the disappointment, tension and anger ... we can see it all between the lines. And it's painful.

I like it X

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you so much for reading me, and your kind words, KWP.
j.
as sad as this poem was I really got a chuckle out of it. What an Imaginative love affair gone to junk mail.

regards,
al

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, my friend...
j.
You're amazing with words. This is a masterpiece!


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, Gabriel....

j.
Had to laugh something must have triggered us both to write about stamps and relationships for I also had a stamp write but I shall now shelve for awhile. A lovely w rite Jacob.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, andrew.
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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