Unwanted Statistics

Unwanted Statistics

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Unwanted Statistics


situational hitting 
great in baseball,
not in relationships
those strikes are defective
the "k's" damage more than skin

battered mates
look to be traded
put on waivers
or just "let go"---

emotional swings
are below the belt
even when to the face
and the player guilty of this

needs to be tossed from the game
and suspended for life.


erin-cilberto
10/30/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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There used to be an old saying between Irish 'men' (I use that term loosely) - 'Women - like a good field should be dug over at least twice a year'. This was said in jest but it reflected an all too true aspect of life in Ireland for women.
The worm has gradually turned - hey women are learning to do martial arts and kickboxing and regular boxing now and woe betide spouses of future Irish women - for they can hit back now.


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jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

good for those women....it's about time.

thank you, Tony.
j.



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emotional swings
are below the belt
even when to the face
and the player guilty of this

needs to be tossed from the game
and suspended for life.

very nicely done J...

its difficult to keep playing when the game is not fair ....

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, it is Galadriel...yes it is.
thank you,
j.
Smart baseball metaphors used to condemn domestic violence.
Dark humor addresses a far darker subject.
Meaningful work!


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, Jimmy.
j.
Playing games, playing relationships...the metaphor is so valid. In bad relationships, the Rules of Engagement are tossed out and foul balls are thrown foully. Players grandstand and the umpire is blind. The game runs overtime even after it ends. And the crowd goes wild......Great theme and poem!
...

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

insightful words Annette...thank you for them.
j.
Very good use of symbolism here. Interesting the way sports metaphors can be fitted to conflict situations. I wonder what you could do with football.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, John.
j.
wow three strikes you are out... of one's life
is that too generous. sad poem but perhaps very true

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jacob erin-cilberto

2 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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