when Ferraris become Ramblers

when Ferraris become Ramblers

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

when Ferraris become Ramblers 

 

 

 

i once thought i had posit-traction kisses

could lay rubber down on lipstick roads

 

thought my arms could be seat belt protection

for the crash of youthful liaisons

 

invincible spark plugs

that would never die sober

or sputter against age's acceleration

 

but alas, fenders rust

and the body dents

even when the illusion still has

the pedal to the medal.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

2/12/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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lipstick roads! love the imagery here, and the sentiment. although i'm still hoping to escape this particular phenomenon :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i hope you can...:)))
thank you, lizardbrain,
j.
replacements parts keep the wheels oiled , but the motor gets lethargic and the starting mechanism gets slower and slower.. lol

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

absolutely, Stella...absolutely....
thank you,
j.
LOL.. Yes we all lose our charms in the end..
Fragile takes the place of forever young
Loud and Fast become annoying habits
Oh to feel the sparks of youth !

Fun..

Jazzy

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

if only....:)

thank you, Jazzy...
j.
J. J.  Nightingale

1 Year Ago

RIGHT.............. You are welcome jacob
This is a humorous poem, but it does evoke a sigh from men of a certain age. Indeed, those "invincible''
spark plugs do sputter after a certain amount of mileage has elapsed. Yes, and sometimes getting out of first gear isn't so easy, either. Enjoyed it.

PS: in the title, shouldn't the car's name be plural rather than a contraction?

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

yes, but that is one of those weird words that doesn't have a normal plural, it only has one with th.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i stand corrected...and will correct that..spell checker sucks sometimes...it plays games.
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thanks, John...
Are we not all fast cars at some point of our lives but like all models our parts fail us and going up hill is just that bit slower.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

so true, andrew, so true...thank you for your insight.
j.
Wrecked my uncle's Rebel SST once...most fun car I owned 1966 Austin Healey Sprite...took a road course at Mid-Ohio race track a few years ago...crossed that one off the bucket list.
I still remember the old Nash two seater, two tone green and white. 1961 Jaguar XKE still my high school wish.
Ask a kid what a carburetor is and all you'll get is a blank look...unless he's a gearhead.
Dual carbs...four on the floor...or three on the tree...and Armstrong steering...those were the days.
The mind still has the pedal to the metal until the day we hit the binders.

Good one, j.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

yes, until the day we hit the binders...i like that
Thank you for sharing all the reminders o.. read more
The mind is always in Rolls-Royce condition, and she's hot.
Just can't start her. Hate that.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

yes, at least we think it is....thank you for the smile, Paul.
j.
A terrific metaphor for cooling passion weathered by maturity, outgrown by life.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your keen insight, Momzilla...
j.
MomzillaNC

1 Year Ago

You’re very welcome.
had me a red 1965 Rambler Wagon once... nice looking car, no dents, no rust, ran like a dream until the engine seized up and left me sit on old rt22 heading for NYC... it was a glorious pedal to the metal death... was probably trying to tell me something about the lip stick she wore, but I was too young to hear the engine grinding... the only "speed" car I owned was a small die cast model of a 1957 Buick Roadster black and silver... now that was a car, a tank and a love bug all together in my imaginations mind...
no rust or dents on this metaphorical poem Jacob, nope that engine still purrs...


Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i really appreciate your kind words and especially your Rambler story...my Rambler American, my firs.. read more
Ah but vintage anything is everything to a woman who knows her motors, j.. !!!

Ferraris have that special ring when you say the word plus, see them run other cars into the shadows. You could write about unboxed Dinky cars and make magic!

Mind you - if I may: a green Bentley once made touch but don't tell to a cream-coffee' Packard parked near outside our family door.. and.. well - not a dent, nor a scratch could be found before they de-fendered their relationship and went their own ways. True! (Forgotten their ages but.. )

See how your wonderful metaphorical meanderings jog my teen age memories.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

i appreciate your metaphorical reply more than you could ever imagine. Thanks em. :)))))
emmajoy

1 Year Ago

You're very welcome, really enjoyed this post. Am an F1 motor racing fan and - lover of vintage and .. read more

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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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