old folks and their retirement poems

old folks and their retirement poems

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

old folks and their retirement poems

 

 

sparse incentives,

blue blood ache

keys lie dormant

when the poet's argument is moot

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

1/16/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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dear Jacob... my Pulmonary doctor said to me recently, “It is amazing that someone like you in advanced aging ... cares so much about how you look.”. He asked me, “Did you match the hummingbird necklace you wear with the colors in your dress?. The doctor is 59. He does not realize how “Old” he is. I am only 78. It is all in your mind and 💜 truly, Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

yes, age is rather relative isn't it? thanks for sharing, Pat...
j.
From the title I thought this might describe me! Too much reminiscing about good old times! Your poem reminds me of how some people, in retirement, seem to lose their idea stream. Maybe lack of input. Retirement doesn't have to be dormancy! (but unfortunately for many it is!) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

yes, Margie, unfortunately it is...thank you for your words,
j.
Ha! you are far from retirement when it comes to expressing words as poetry Jacob. Another belter filled with pathos!

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you, you are kind, my friend,
j.
mmmmm . . . this might be me!? Actually I've enjoyed writing poems more as I've aged. Yeah, perhaps some of my arguments are moot . . . or just not on other people's minds. Oh, well . . . one of the hazards of old age!

Carbondale!? is there not many(?) universities (schools) there?

Tom

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for relating, Tom....and yes, Southern Illinois University is in Carbondale...my school at.. read more
kentuck14

1 Year Ago

thanks for answering.
Poetry, is like the blood coursing through our veins, and it will flow, I am sure, to our very last breath; as poets, we have no choice really.

Beccy.


Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you, Beccy...and yes, i think we have No choice.
j.
Patricia Wedel

1 Year Ago

I hope this is true... beautiful thoughts in poem and comments... hugs, Pat
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Pax
In my time, for the future, i wonder.. If ever the internet still stands or my pen of emotion runs dry or will it blood... Will a writer or poet in you retire?

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i hope not...thank you for your words, Pax.
j.
Nice one Jacob, poetry will be the new escape knowing that the hope from dreams will no longer take you where you want to go. The last stop for many in those palliative care scenarios.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you, andrew.
j.
I agree with Lydia always a pleasure to read your stuff Jacob, havent been on much lately, I lost the urge to write for weeks / months im back slowly though
hope you are well
I enjoyed this poem a lot. thanks esp the keys.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i just got back myself...was away for almost a month...life happens doesn't it?
thanks for yo.. read more
Does inspiration die with old age? Actually I think we have more time to write when we are retired. Some of the people who lived in the place my mom did wrote wonderful short stories. Maybe they always had the words, but not the time. "blue blood ache"....that line is thought provoking. Do the rich feel more emotional pain as they age? I wonder. Always a pleasure to read you, Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i bet those were cool short stories..interesting...would enjoy reading them.
thank you, Lydi... read more
retirement sounds like death warmed up...no retiring, reemerging more like it..

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

reemerging sounds good...
thank you, MOON.
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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