On the Shelf

On the Shelf

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


On the Shelf


where are all the trophy husbands?
maybe married to the bread winning wives
working construction
while deconstructing their men

bulldozing egos
razing esteem
leaving broken pieces
of beautiful men,
with glistening eyes
and shallow brains shining listlessly

paycheck chicks
dominating, reducing the other sex
to a stubble of mere rubble

where are all the trophy husbands?
arm candy for the women
who have actually given up sweets for lent
and reckon to permanently postpone Easter.


erin-cilberto
4/18/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto



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Your last stanza is striking. I love the Lent/Easter comparison and the way that plays off the significance of human relationships that are so often treated flippantly.

Your take on the topic reveals (to my mind) a wonderful sensitivity. I always enjoy poems that take on heavy subjects with levity, and in doing so shed greater light on the topic than a didactic poem has the ability to do. I think this poem does that very well.

An immediate connection my brain made on first reading was the Stepford Wives film I saw many years ago. I’m sure it is clouded in my mind by now, but when I think about it in conjunction with the poem I feel a sense of something important just below the surface that’s being suppressed. Like a person being held captive who is currently concealed under a tablecloth in a crowded room. Maybe that’s confusing, but that’s where my mind went. I’ll have to think about it for awhile.

The poem makes me thoughtful. I enjoy those kinds of poems the most. Great work here.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

I really appreciate your kind words, Eilis...and you made me smile...Stepford Wives...Katherine Ross.. read more
J,
Nice reverse of the "trophy wife" motif. Guess I would've made a poor one . . . no arm candy was I. Like that 3rd stanza . . . paycheck chicks and stubble to rubble . . . good stuff. I guess I should ask my wife if she ever saw me as a trophy husband (I can hear her laughing now!!) Enjoyed J.
T

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Make me smile and laugh. I looked for woman wanting a trophy husband. Couldn't find one. A wonderful poem shared Jacob. I liked this one.
Coyote

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

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

3 Weeks Ago

You are welcome my friend.
Interesting topic, I’m reading a book called ‘The Wife Drought’ it’s by Australian writer, Annabel Crabb about gender inequality, and the reasons that there is still such a gaping difference in spite of the progress society has otherwise made.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for sharing that, elle,
j.
Seeing it from a different perspective. These lines should stop and make people think. Yes, let men have a ittle taster of what some women have to experience. Great stuff Jacob.

Chris

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Chris,
j.
A different slant on trophy wives Jacob. But in the world of equality just as valid a question. As always set in allegorical brilliance!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

we relegate and denigrate women in this society so much...maybe the men should suffer the same treat.. 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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