a darker time of white

a darker time of white

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

a darker time of white


crosses burned in southern atmosphere
so many years ago and so many days hence
the wood is still warm and charred
as ashes of hate still wound dark hearts

and today another cross is remembered
hanged for love
to offset the defiling of that same love
he looked to the sky

as onlookers gaped and prayed
and felt the rain and coldness
that same rain that couldn't put out the fires
when the atmosphere was ripe with angst
&
it was not thieves who kept their Jesus company.



erin-cilberto
4/19/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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I see two different events here. I see the KKK in action with their awful and shameful behaviour, burning crosses, and their hatred of anyone who doesn't have white skin. I also see the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Your post here speaks to me of unspeakable suffering and intolerance towards our fellow human beings. Stark imagery, and a timely post for Easter Jacob.

Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


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HB Rita

6 Months Ago

I told yu! You are a great reviewer Christine.
jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your insightful and kind words, Chris.
j.



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SO fitting for our Easter season and for those of us brought up in traditional atmospheres. I think it is very hard for many of this younger generation to understand the ways of our pride and respect.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

i definitely agree, Queenie...thanks for the read and your insight.
j.
I once visited Pulaski, Tennessee, where the KKK was founded, and thought about the 1865 South. Finding a church on nearly every corner, many decades old, seemed oddly human. We’re hateful and loving, and we walk too comfortably among those we know who hide their hate under white and behind crosses. Well written, J!

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

yes, so many still hide that hate...but always say grace before dinner...
thank you, R.E.--ap.. read more
So true Jacob, 'the wood of hate still burns...' If only we could take a leaf out of some creatures of nature for the love and care they often display. Humans are diverse yet they can't think up a solution to hatred and war. Something is missing: I doubt if they will discover what in my own lifetime but we can but hope eh!

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for this review, kitty...there are some of us still hopeful the world will find peace and .. read more
kitty

6 Months Ago

The world is topsy turvey. In my estimation things are getting worse even with all the advancement i.. read more
I see two different events here. I see the KKK in action with their awful and shameful behaviour, burning crosses, and their hatred of anyone who doesn't have white skin. I also see the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Your post here speaks to me of unspeakable suffering and intolerance towards our fellow human beings. Stark imagery, and a timely post for Easter Jacob.

Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

HB Rita

6 Months Ago

I told yu! You are a great reviewer Christine.
jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your insightful and kind words, Chris.
j.
Slavery exists. No one can see besides a few thoughtful people. We use GOD's name to put our intention in to a form. Very strong message i can see in this writing. Great one. 100 for you.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, HB.
j.
harrowing whatever way ya look at it... and certainly very well crafted....

N.

Posted 6 Months Ago


This one hurts my heart. Several truths cloaked in a sarong of privilege and unending apathy. Strong comments, amazing writing, timely (always). It’s these things that make my head swim.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Crowley.
j.
A poignant and timely piece about two separate types of cross, I think the message of love and forgiveness got lost on the W.A.S.P.S, they may have missed a chapter or two, a thoughtful elegant read,

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, gram,
j.
Well done, j. & the perfect weekend for it. Much evil has been done in the name of Christ...but then not much has changed from His time 'til now.
Slavery exists in the world even now...but I don't think we see it.

A good write.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

yes, it is still there, for sure...lots still there that we either don't see or just don't want to a.. read more
Nicely woven piece of poetry Jacob, made me think of the Easter time and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Posted 6 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Months Ago

thank you, Dawn.
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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