What Penance never Resolved

What Penance never Resolved

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

What Penance never Resolved

 

 

 

old girlfriends

scars of smiles

wicked tongues burning midnight oil

skin to skin conversation

back seat rendezvous 

racing upstream in adolescent strokes

 

life laughs in rhythm

grown up sighs

shivering from the words we didn't say

just felt

 

no pretentious moods then,

some confessional moments

as our Fathers would listen

probably with a grin

at our stammering soliloquies

 

we knelt with 17 year old knees

expressing something

that many years later

 

 

would reflect

an old simper

of satisfaction.

 

 

erin-cilberto

12/20/17


© 2017 jacob erin-cilberto



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Your subtlety here is exquisite. Using so few words you plant effusive blossoms of imagery that sucked me into long-forgotten reveries. But I have to admit, I did not understand the ending *sigh!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Margie.
j.
jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

just smile in reflection of that time...(the ending)
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Thanks for clarification . . . the word "simper" was unfamiliar to me, so it didn't conjure up the r.. read more
how the years do go by, and when were in them we still feel the same as we did the year before even though the outside starts to look a bit different than the inside still feels and remembers 17 so clearly XD

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Corset...
Happy New year, my friend.
j.
Ah, those young golden days of self discovery were also so g(u)ilt edged. Your words brought back so many memories, Jacob.
N.


Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for relating Norman...

appreciate your words,
j.
I once dated a Catholic boy. He told me he confessed what we did at the drive in to his priest...never dated HIM again! Guilt...it drives some of us, doesn't it? When we are older and presumably wiser, can we be guilt free? I wonder. Good one. Lydi**

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

that is a good question, Lydi...could we?
thank you for sharing your story...sounds like a Ca.. read more
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

In preparation to write a little story about a heart-throb from high school, I asked Facebook friend.. read more
Lydia

3 Months Ago

Woohooo Margie! :)
While the young promote innocence
the church always preaches guilt
except when its within its walls!

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

that is unfortunately true, andrew...

j.
I can hear the priest mumbling 5 Hail Marys & 5 our fathers. Amen

Ah! Grace again.

Regards,
Al

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

our priest used to yell the penance to us...i think everyone in the church heard....
thank yo.. read more
Hmmm! All those steamy nights on the banks of the Detroit River watching submarine races seem a lifetime away now...probably because they are...oh but the memories.
Thanks j.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

yes, they do seem a lifetime away...and all that Catholic guilt...oh well...thanks Ted.
j.
Very good Jacob. These memories still cast a long clear shadow down the years. I wish i had a sliver of your skill at fashioning these oblique images! I suppose like most things they need working at.
Regards, alan


Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your very kind words, alan...
believe me...i don't know where the words come fr.. read more
A unique perspective.
Your insight keenly and quickly spans decades.
Enjoyed the overview!

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Jimmy...
j.
An interesting look back at the intersection of hormones and religion. Adolescents doing their duty, though their minds were elsewhere. Nice.

PS: Verse 3. Do a spell check on "soliloquy's."

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thanks, John...and for the catch...i do spell check but it missed that one...will fix.

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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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