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cafeteria pugilists in verbal rumbles

cafeteria pugilists in verbal rumbles

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


cafeteria pugilists in verbal rumbles

 

 

elbow soup

the gang mentality

of small children in grade school bodies

with anxious brains colliding in burnt fists

 

the scrapes and bruises of crouton embarrassment

as the rest of the students laugh heartily into their napkins

and make vicious faces to regard

as the punches spill from tongues

 

and lunch trays upended

with someone having to clean the mess of red complexion

off the floor.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

6/7/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Again, the bullies of high school. They don't allow the "outsiders" to sit with them and they mock them unmercifully. Thing is, the one who is bullied is usually the one who succeeds in life.....but always has the scars of high school somewhere in the psyche. Very good...and unfortunately I can relate. Lydi**

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i do believe that is true...the bullies end up getting theirs in the end...life bullies them.
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Brilliant as usual never disappointed Jacob!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, Julie,
j.
This sounds like a memory and fights at the dinner table must have been initiated by boys. It's got to be a boys school, girls in my day did things differently. They were verbally spiteful. The boys always resorted to fist fights. If you were the one being picked on, that must have been hell.

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, Chris...verbal fights could be even more devastating i am sure.
j.
I'm reminded of when wars in school were fought with words.
I can remember the back and forth threats that amounted to nothing physical but some insults may have cut deep.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, lots of that way back when...and rumbles were fought with fists, not guns...but a different tim.. read more
Reminds me of the news circus clowns, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the made-up talking heads tossing rotten tomatoes at the other...not in genuine disagreement but pursuit of the others green lettuce.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i like your take...thank you, R.E.
j.
pugilists and rumbles certainly sets the time zone for your scene jacob .. how many times we "boys" talked about this or that rumble .. not the need for food kind ;) oh my my ... how awful we were with tongue and fury ... thinking back on those HS days with a "better" heart .. i feel pained by the huge hidden anguish of the few .. picked on .. rejected .. and neglected :((((((((((( they walked the halls with eyes down ..books held protectively against the chest .. willing invisibility ... HS was pretty easy for me and I didn't take part in such "picking on" .. grade school, however, causes me to feel remorse for the times i did .. innocent people that didn't much fight back for themselves .. i silently have repented and asked them each for forgiveness .. but their response is as silent as my asking ... powerful poem for me sir! of course one doesn't have to take it quite as deep as i have..we did have food fights now and again that were pretty much in better humor ... pugilists at my school met outside .. when the bell rang ;)
E.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

wow, yes, you remember too...thanks for your insightful words and your sharing....similar background.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Weeks Ago

we have, haven't we jacob .. lots in common from our best times to be alive era .. ongoing era i mus.. read more
Indeed this seems like a reflective piece and took me back to school days too. Can't recall any actual fights in the 'dinner hall' but there were many verbal scraps and then it was a 'duel' behind the bike shed. The descriptions in this are as always so well formed.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, we had them everywhere...but in the school yard mostly...thank you, John,
j.
This has the sound of a memoir, or the jist of the memory of several instances. Then again, it could be an allegory for Congress.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

ah yes, i like that...does kind of fit congress, doesn't it?
thank you for the read and insig.. 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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