the ASCAP blues

the ASCAP blues

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

the ASCAP blues





i'm a too long song

trying to break onto your chart

a heart playing taps

as winter's mood revises itself

into a spring reveille


if only you could pretend

that a heart's sales are good enough

i would spin you into forever


the "B" side just as willing.






© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto

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I thought of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. That was a too long song that was very nearly not played to the public. It was only the wonderful and maverick Kenny Everett who went against the grain and played it. Then it went into orbit. A masterpiece in music. That's where your lines took me Jacob.


Posted 8 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

8 Months Ago

great song, great group...thank you for taking me where you went...
Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Just seen the film for the second time. I'm still buzzing from it:)
Love this stellar wordplay and metaphor j. I was a member of ASCAP, but couldn’t keep up the dues when the royalties dried up. I get this. He was a song from the heart who couldn’t afford her cold payola. A sad tune on the B side. Drop the needle.

Posted 8 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

8 Months Ago

ooh tell me published a song, had a record?
thank you for your clever, metaphorica.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

8 Months Ago

Yes I did j. Quadraphonic Records NYC, A-side song song was a ballad- “Believe”- cant remember B.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

8 Months Ago

Oh yeah- song L-O-V-E performed live at the Apollo theater and on tv on Saturday Night at the Apollo.. read more

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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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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