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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 3 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

3 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

3 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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Powerful, sad words on this one. But I loved reading it!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Giullia,

j.
Perhaps the saddest thing in life is faded love; an exquisitely painful state in which former lovers and best friends are encouraged by our legal system to rat each other out--to honor "Big Brother" and profoundly betray each other.
Brilliant work!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

that was one thing i vowed with exes...and friends we shared...you don't need to take sides...you ca.. read more
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 3 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

3 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

3 Weeks Ago

I must admit, Jacob. I'm glad I came across this site.
The diversity is amazing. I was actual.. read more
Jacob, you have here, in your own inimitable way successfully managed to capture the very essence of loves disintegration and the void so very often left behind in its wake. Just another one I would have liked to have written myself........N

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

you are kind in your review, thank you, Neville.

j.
Neville Pettitt

3 Weeks Ago

I am honest in my review......Best, Neville
This has such a sad/angry tone as your metaphor leads us through the stages of love's decline and its after effects. Full of pathos Jacob.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, John.
j.
marilyn 1225

3 Weeks Ago

my brother had a divorce and it was so painful he was contemplating suicide his lawyer was expens.. read more
marilyn 1225

3 Weeks Ago

sad how love can change so radically to what you matter of fact ly described,, sad stuff
.. read more
if this is biographical, then you are resharing the same mailbox... pretty heavy powerful stuff
so so so well written

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, marilyn.
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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