old bowlers...the hats and pins of life

old bowlers...the hats and pins of life

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

old bowlers...the hats and pins of life

 

 

 

fossils of Eve party favors

old lips kiss at midnight

the champagne a non-alcoholic blush

 

backwards clocks in the mind

tick toward adolescence

a youth movement of aging adults

 

winding themselves away from current standing

although most are sitting by this decade of persuasion

let's laugh tonight

 

tomorrow might be swollen over with cracked tears

we are porcelain dreams with love lines splitting

hugging memories as the ball drops

 

like old bowlers

who can barely make it to the foul line

before their score collapses them 

out of their shoes.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

1/1/18 


© 2018 jacob erin-cilberto



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"we are porcelain dreams with love lines splitting" a poignant line, but oh so true. The ball drops, a new year begins, and we realize we are getting closer and closer to the end. Great "foul line" metaphor. The calendar pages turn....we hang on. Lydi**

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Lydi.
j.
I did enjoy this poem my friend. I was a old bowler myself. My mother was the best kind of bowler. Started with 200 plus games and drank. Last game a 120. Drink and bowling. A bad combination. Thank you Jacob for sharing the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for sharing Coyote..appreciate your words,
j.
Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

You are welcome my friend.
nice one j, here today gone tomorrow, its coming!

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you, andrew, appreciate your words.
j.
Sounds like the British house of lords.
Fossils turning up for their 300 pounds sleep allowance. In saying that. Their experience got Britain to where she is today. Don't know if that's good or bad.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Paul.
j.
Age is insidious, It can make us "wiser" ( in our own opinion) or bitter. Retaining a balance is important as reality is learning to cope and not merely to dream. The only certainty about age is that our lives depend on it!
N.



Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

i like your last line...yes, "age, our lives depend on it"---thank you, Norman.
j.
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Your poem is an artistic expression of something I heard a few years ago. We're all equally blessed with the same fortune at birth---time. We don't get more with age, wealth, education, or fame. We will all face the same end. As we age, we appreciate and embrace our experiences, good and bad, as life lessons that enriched us.
Another fine piece from you, sir.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Robert.
j.
gives me a fine smile...its is so true ..all of it...we review our lives .. in fact i was doing it this morning first thing almost ... youthful choices, fantasies and dreams come true or not ... how foolish to think one wise .. and we are so collapsible in the end .. as it should be ..no finite thing will stand up for us and certainly we must fall before the King ... very healthy and satisfying read for me jacob!
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

yes, any of us can collapse at the end...something in Hamlet by the chorus, about, "let no man presu.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

your so welcome jacob...and yes! it can be snatched in a moment ..literally ..by any number of disas.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

ps. and the bowling ..gotta love it..i threw a lot of gutter balls :{ but those strikes and spares .. 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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