an autumn alliance

an autumn alliance

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


an autumn alliance

 

 

written on topsy-turvy maple leaves

veins of letters that succumb to irate winds

themes of golden color turning to petrified brown

as the pain of the early cold

preludes the snow periods that will end his lines

 

frozen verse

terse feelings raked into a pile

the masochistic side of me jumps into them

the stinging stems of hurt i gladly embrace

 

without you,

summer has played its last scene

the play is over,

and i want to sink into the earth

like the dead leaves underfoot

 

because my heart has felt 

the heavy steps

of your departure,

and my branch is now bare

of words.

 

 

erin-cilberto

6/6/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Ahh . . . the master of love's sweet sorrows!! Not to mention the Sultan of the extended metaphor! Love that line: "the masochistic side of me jumps into them." Another Cilberto sequility (sp?).
T.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Tom,
j.
Perhaps the narrator will attend another play...and re-live the scenes of summer. I personally have to believe this. The last stanza, Jacob...painfully, beautifully desolate. I love this piece.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Larq...
j.
A bleak cyclic sadness bleeds into the soul of the poet, for things lost and things yet to be found, bare branches still feel and soon grow new leaves

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

yes, they do, gram...they still feel...thank you,
j.
So descriptive and the imagery is beautiful and sad. Pain can be a beautiful thing for a writer. Bravo.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Pat,
j.
As a writer who often succumbs to dark moods, and someone who suffers seasonal depression, I can relate to every line. Still, the beauty of life is its perpetual cycle. Fall brings winter, and winter always yields to spring. And, the hope of renewed life keeps us up and moving, even under the weight of some seasons.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, R.E.
j.
Visually superb Jacob. You do heartache in metaphor so well. My heart sank reading these lines. There is so much hurt contained in them.

Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Chris,
j.
this reads like terrible heartache, love has left and with it taken the light and warmth that inspired happiness

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Edie,
j.
Excuse me for saying so, but I had an orgasm while reading stanza two. That just makes the rest of us put our heads in a gopher hole & rethink our writing ambitions *wink! wink!* How many times must we fawn & preen you over your metaphorical prowess???? (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

you are so kind, Margie....i appreciate your words and you gave me a smile...
j.
J., your ability and talent to perfectly, metaphorically, describe heartbreaking emotions, is unparalleled. Bare branches of “frozen verse” , paralyzing loss, drip ice and tears on to the page. We mourn with you.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Annette,
j.
Jacob I do not know of any poet who has been so affected by love's failure to consistently find and write such amazing allegorical poetry. This is simply mind blowing!

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

the past is always a good vault from which to take writing emotion...thanks, John.
j.
John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Indeed it is but you have a way of repackaging it in many forms that are imaginative, creative and p.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for that...

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jacob erin-cilberto
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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