Zip Codes for the Inner Circle

Zip Codes for the Inner Circle

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Zip Codes for the Inner Circle

 

 

golden waters

tight lipped statues

clench fists when names are drawn

 

color finds its way into the parchment

envelopes sealed,

let us rejoice the stamps

but not the perpetrators

the final mailbox

 

might be on the wrong side of town

but opens the same as others

and the flag can be raised

or lowered to half-staff

 

if the voices lick the glue of faith

in humanity,

there are no losers

 

we are all nominated for best actor

gender is only an address god gave us

to find our way home to self-awareness

 

and we find self equally

even when the waters

aren't golden.

 

 

erin-cilberto

3/5/18


© 2018 jacob erin-cilberto



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Love reading your celebration of diversity, packed with originality as your poems always are! This might be the most brilliant line I've read in months: "gender is only an address god gave us" . . . a timely sentiment with the topic of transgenders in the military up for grabs again! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 8 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

8 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Margie.
j.
I’ve read this probably twenty times and the picture it weaves is one of discrimination and hate. If we can all find it in ourselves to stand together instead of apart, we may have a chance. I also took away from your concluding verse that, if we expect others to accept US as we are, how dare we have anything but love and respect for our fellow neighbors 💖

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

Amen, Kelli....Amen...to that.
j.
There is so much human-ness in this. Ultimately we are all finding finding ourselves. No matter who or where we are. We are all on the path to understanding, just some of us find our selves in different envelopes. This piece seems so important now, with all we have going on. Your work and your vision is always sharp.

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

you are very kind with your review, Jenn...
thank you

j.
wow Jacob - I really love this - my kinda style of thinking - every word rings true for me I especially love the last two stanza's. It's so true we are all as equal as we allow ourselves to be - a selection of ourselves is formed through others - answers only come when we really want a truthful answer - self awareness starts and ends within. Love it X

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

thank you for your very kind words, KWP...
j.
"And the winner is....................... Ma and Da!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says i! ;) my mind goes several directions in reading through your poem.........not sure which route i should talk about :} your poetry seems always relevant jacob
E.

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

thank you, E. I am afraid the key word is "seems"---but then i hope for the best.
j.
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

i can remember a time in the 60s when secrets of the universe were written on bubble gum wrappers ;).. read more
a high note in volume, insights that crave the realm of understanding and when you wrap your arms around this one you know your home.

a real gem Jacob!

regards,
al

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Al.
j.
Unfortunately, there will always be an inner circle of often pompous pseudo elite, whether zip or postal codes have anything to do with it initially, I think depends. Those that are in a position to vote on such matters probably hold and wave the casting vote. Certain factions of society namely those without a Y chromosome appear to be finding their voice, and maybe rightly so. However, I suspect some of hose who are now shouting loudest deserve an Oscar..............An interesting, topical & altogether well balanced write.............................N

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

thank you so much for your words, Neville...and i like your cool avatar...with the license...
.. read more
Neville Pettitt

9 Months Ago

No problem whatsoever, but rather my pleasure entirely......Neville
Although we all grow up in different place and fulfill different stations in life we are all part of God's play with equal billing.

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

absolutely...thank you, Dale.
j.
I'd like to think that the bubbles you and I live in are just as important as hollywoods, but as you well know, regular life don't sell. We live in a world where the fish in the river will always persue the shiny object for his next meal. Hooray for narcissism!! Excellent poem. CD

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

yes, regular live DON'T sell...thank you for your words, CD.
j.
Are we defined from the day we are born by our sex and the place we live? To a certain degree, I believe we are. But really we are defined by so many things....our education, the friends we keep, the kindness we show. A zip code can not fully define any of us. Interesting one, Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

9 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Lydi...
j.

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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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