Asylum of the Silent You

Asylum of the Silent You

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Asylum of the Silent You

 

 

 

my normal

is insanity in others

and words climbing walls of poetic derision

i pace upon pages as the white sheets

remain pristine

 

and the rubber rooms

enclosed in quotation marks

echo

a heart pleading for lobotomy

erasing of memory

 

i want to dig under the fences

which barely contain my rife phrasing

with strait jacket authority

and those pills of paraphrase

i swallow

like all the poetry i ever read in a bottle

of sincere regret

 

i loved you till the edge

expelled me from your normal

into my insanity

and as i lost touch

i still felt your exploring fingers

leaving prints on a brain

 

that stopped functioning

once you checked me into that place

of being without you.

 

 

erin-cilberto

5/2/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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I never leave this site without looking for Jacob`s work, and I am pleased I did. Love this, this is about many things, about the challenge od being a poet, the way perception in writing can move us from the norm, about love as an emotion that can be something like a threat, all who like good poetry will enjoy this.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

i really did have a combination of feelings and directions when i wrote this, Leslie...thank you so .. read more



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This is exactly how I imagine feeling if I never was able to write again. Thank you for your amazing words, and wonderful view of the world. Truly an artist.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Wild Willow.
j.
Seems love drives us insane
and our sanity checks out,

And we're dancing on a thin
thread of insanity where we
break and our minds seem like
it's in a strait jacket and wants
to scream.

Thank you for this
wonderful Piece

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words,
j.
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I think poets feel things differently than most. Walking the blurred lines of crazy and crazier.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your insightful comment, Ana,
j.
On the surface, your words spell out a smoldering mindset, but the amazing thing is how your wording & phrasing together create a tension that feels like someone about to go ballistic. You illustrate as well as describe the sensation of being too tightly wound. I love it. Sometimes it feels good to see such burgeoning insanity well-illustrated! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

i could imagine us all meeting someday in an institution...and we would all be commenting on how The.. read more
' .. that stopped functioning - once you checked me into that place - of being without you.'

How those words fling themselves into heart and mind! In spite of your skill at writing academically, correctly, you can create both passionate or wretchedly dark emotions, j.. Reading three times, i find this a true tour de force..

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your very kind review, em.
j.
I don't know anyone who can write in so many different and amazing metaphors about the loss of love and the feelings it leaves. You describe so well in this brittle freeverse that insanity as the mind struggles with all the mixed emotions.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, John,
j.
I never leave this site without looking for Jacob`s work, and I am pleased I did. Love this, this is about many things, about the challenge od being a poet, the way perception in writing can move us from the norm, about love as an emotion that can be something like a threat, all who like good poetry will enjoy this.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

i really did have a combination of feelings and directions when i wrote this, Leslie...thank you so .. read more
It's a beautiful poem that perfectly depicts imprisonment in one thoughts and longing for someone who left. Tje last stanza is heartbreaking as it speaks of a fact of life that the ones we love can affect us most.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Markus.
j.
The silence that carries the sound of never is worse than a million bitter words. Nowadays I dread where it takes me and so I prefer to stay in a place of noise. My own familiar noise. In the end it is only we for ourselves and no one can take us away from us. I love my insanity. This poem says so much to me.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

wow, you relate and understand so much...thank you, DIVYA,
j.
DIVYA

3 Months Ago

A pleasure and learning all mine, my friend.
All the signs of a broken heart, the not letting go and the torment of being left alone. A splendid write.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you, andrew,
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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