after autumn

after autumn

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


after autumn


the leaves are crying,
cheeks turning red,
then pale
breaking from branches of hope
illuminated by a serene sun
then falling into shadows
of burnt green
trampled tenacity

you are winter now
the halcyon sky
weeps white flakes
a chilly memory
as i peer out a frosted, winsome window

there will be no spring this year
the seasons have fallen in abysmal fashion

coats cover surface memories of you
but cold is embedded on the inside

and that chill lasts forever.


erin-cilberto
12/4/17

© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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Stark, gray imagery conveying warmth's abandonment.
"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone."
Excellent poetry!

Posted 3 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Days Ago

"it's not warm when you're away"--
thank you, Jimmy.
j.
At first, I thought this was a nature write...the imagery is spectacular. Then I read it again....reflections as the weather changes and calendar pages turn. The chill is outside and in. Filled with emotion. Good one. Lydi**

Posted 4 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Days Ago

thank you for your kind words, Lydi.

j.
Moving poem so beautifully penned, J...

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you, Tiana,
j.
Lovely write. I can relate to the words used at the ending of this piece. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you, Kitty.....

j.
kitty

5 Days Ago

You are most welcome J
a wonderful simplicity covering a truly magnificent story. It is a very beautiful poem.
keep writing,
S

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words, Sariah.
j.
Resigned to the cold, hard truth with little expectation of a better season. The memory of a treasured past aching inside you for a bit but ultimately you don't expect a return to former glory. How very appropriate for the winter season ahead as it has that winter vibe working through it.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind review, Dionysian,
j.
Sorta sounds like a love gone wrong kinda story and if so, a most impressive analogy. The way you described it using nature and season an all was pefect.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your insightful review, Jackie

j.
"Now is the winter of our discontent." Without the glorious summer sun of course...I'm reminded here of Steinbeck's novel and how the best laid plans of men often come to naught or something other than pleasant fruition. That grass that seems greener on the other side of the fence is often made that way from the heaps of manure one must navigate to travel there. Perhaps the sun will shine again and perhaps the grass less fertilized will flourish in time...who knows. But I have heard there is no future in the past no matter how sweet our memories seem. So here's to brighter days ahead and the change of heart that warms like the change of seasons.I enjoyed you words as always. F.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

ah, a little Richard III----thrown in for good measure...
i appreciate your insights and allu.. read more

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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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