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year after year

year after year

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

year after year

poor tiles,
resurrection city
built from poverty homes
walls thinning,
words of old poets
leaking through the roofs 
of addendums

but nothing is every really fixed,
the plumbing is inferior
the interior
is a busted heart
overhanging gut

twisted trees in a yard of dead automobiles

and he thinks he's king of the world
maybe the word,
but he's dying inside 
and he knows
he's going nowhere except toward senility's farm

he always thought the country
was better for him
as long as he had his woman
and his typewriter

even if the running water
was only that of a raging river
sounding by his tin ear.


© 2018 jacob erin-cilberto

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Reading your poem reminds me of studying psychology in grad school and the concept of the house as a symbol of the self. Perfect example.

Posted 6 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for that comparison, Leslie...

Undoubtedly, reading "year after year" bummed me the freak out.
But, what style! How very clever!
From "overhanging gut" to "twisted trees in a yard of dead automobiles" to "going nowhere except toward senility's farm, " this poetic journey is fraught with metaphorical sinkholes.
Immensely creative, Jacob!

Posted 6 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your very kind review, Jimmy...sorry to have bummed you out.

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Powerfully evocative poem, sir! Any tips on how to craft such? I'm not so good with descriptions.

Posted 6 Months Ago

Bluest Blue

6 Months Ago

ah, such gift. Thanks anyway :)
jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

one thing i could say is if you start an idea, metaphor or whatever, just to carry it through to the.. read more
Bluest Blue

6 Months Ago

YAY. This is a big help!

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Added on February 9, 2018
Last Updated on February 9, 2018


jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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..