a shattered cafe

a shattered cafe

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

a shattered cafe

 

 

wasn't on the menu as an appetizer,

a serving of bullets,

wasn't on the program as a song,

the sounds of screaming fans

but not for the band,

wasn't meant for the poor people of Paris

to linger on the streets

in forever sleep,

 

the soccer ball deflated

the stadium suddenly silent

with mute explosion,

 

a goal of sorts,

but the agenda improvised, realized, compromised

and the question of which coach?

 

who sent in the play

that set Paris reeling under a red Moon

 

there will be no June 

in the hearts tonight

November will be the only month

 

they will remember.

 

 

 

11/14/15

 

erin-cilberto

© 2015 jacob erin-cilberto


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Oh sadness and sorrows if these lost souls- may they rest in eternal peace- may peace find its rest in the hearts of souls that shatter the dreams of many and destroy many a hope and dream🌹

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

thank you for your kind words, Kelly.
j.
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

2 Years Ago

My pleasure always🌹
Don’t know why this piece came up in my reading queue, having been posted 3 years ago, but that’s what makes your message even more soul-shaking. In the ensuing years, how many of these have there been? So many of these tragedies can be described similarly, albeit with different details. And we don’t write a poem for each happenstance anymore. Your words remind us not to become jaded & insensitive to this continuing plague (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

Chris found it and reviewed it a few days ago...that is why it came up...thank you Margie...there ha.. read more
Chilling. When I reflect now on what happened, it seems as though it was yesterday. But for the friends and families of those lost on that dreadful day, I can not begin to imagine the grief and pain they have suffered since. How on earth can you deal with it? How can you make any sense of it? Another great write from your talented pen Jacob.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

you are very kind Chris...thank you.
j.
That is a great poem and fitting tribute for Paris. Well done.

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

thank you, Firebird.

j.
You have captured current events so well. Nice work Jacob

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

very sad to have to write these poems...if only we could find peace.

thank you, andre.. read more
andrew mitchell

5 Years Ago

Troubled times ahead J and we let 400 of these terrorists fighters back into Australia. What a blund.. read more
Wow. So many sentiments come to mind in the echoes of the violence and I think you have done a masterful job here writing about the senselessness of it. Quite impressive. ~Jim

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

thank you for your kind words, Jim.

j.
I found myself back in Paris inside your poem. What sadness to be killed anytime, on vacation, anywhere. Oh what terrible sadness.

A father wrote a note to the terrorists that he will not allow himself to hate, nor his son, because we are still strong with her gone as we were before. I am free and I will see to it that my son gets all the joy he deserves.

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

i am glad that father wrote the letter...hate never wins....thank you for sharing that, Al...
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Firebird

5 Years Ago

That is a message of power Alfred. Thank you
Those last two lines echo. You've captured our collective humanity and sense of loss that springs from such a horrific event.

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

thank you for your words, Anne....
j.
I really like your poem. i liked the sadness it expresses in such few words, It's like looking into a ghost town.

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

thank you for your kind review, Priya...

j.
My heart just aches reading your wonderfully written poem, J. So very moving ...

Posted 5 Years Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Years Ago

thank you, Island Woman...
j.
Tiana

5 Years Ago

always a pleasure to read your work, J ...

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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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