How it is...

How it is...

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


How it is...

 

 

 

New York streets are just different

the vibe is city-er than most

the concrete harder, but shines with graffiti poems

when the Moon peeks through the high-rise skies

and the skyscraper's eyes

 

the walk and the talk are like no other

attitude waits at the crosswalk

with glares and stares

and solemn oaths to find country

the thoughts shuffle along

echoing to themselves

 

conversations solo

striding into Soho

and Greenwich Village

to pillage inspiration

to write, spite or take flight

in elevator shoes

spreading the blues

with cigarette butts smoked to the burn of fingers

hopscotch minds pontificate

to a crowd not listening

 

they all have their own reasons for being there

for finding solace in the bottom of a bottle of ilk

and circumstance

 

New York streets are just different

even the silence is wary

the alleys fear themselves

as the dark night, the somber night

is a razor's edge of insanity

 

but when the daylight once again

shows its brilliant face

illuminated skies cry tears of joy

 

and the bustling rovers

with red faces and carefree incentive

come over...

as the street games

begin again.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

6/29/19 

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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I been to New York and I agree. Different feel than most cities. I enjoyed your description of the city. I saw what you had written. Thank you Jacob for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

You are welcome my friend.
wow! I feel like I've been to New York because of this! Thank you, it was inspiring!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Tina.
j.
I've never been to New York, but you certainly brought New York to me. Quite a place and although I was born in the city of London, I find that I have now have been converted to country ways. I have no desire to experience the mad rush and twenty four seven of the city. Happy to watch it from afar in the movies, but that is as close as I want to be. The city at night has its own ambience, its own stories of hardship and forgotten people. They are all a part of the whole. Excellent poetry Jacob.

Chris

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

and i , too, am happy to watch it from afar...thank you for your thoughts about this, Chris.
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Within the hustle and bustle every ant has its nest and no two nests are the same. And everyone has roots somewhere like NY. nice write J

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

so true, andrew...no two are the same.
thank you,
j.
And how it is to be here, too? I was a newbie in this site 6 years ago...with my active hands and fingers putting down my thoughts and emotions into the screen. I had different groups of readers and I was an active reader, too. Now, this place seems to be quiet. My friends were not really gone, but they were not as active as before, just like me.
Sorry for relating this into WC, since I haven't seen yet NY city and its busy streets. One day, maybe.
Thanks for sharing this.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

i like how you paralleled it, Dhaye...thank you for sharing...how you related,
j.
Daisie "Dhaye" Vergara (Daisie Partido)

1 Month Ago

You're.most welcome, sir. I am grateful of you as my reader and supporter for almost 6 years. I know.. read more
There's bravado in your every line, J. I agree with Sami - you do inspire!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind words, Kelly,
j.
I can feel this great city holds a special place in the mind and heart of the poet fueling his passions and invoking his desires. The connection is tangible and powerful. The meanings of it all can not close a chapter but resurfaces in due times. Thank you sir Jacob for your wonderful.writes. You inspire.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review Sami...i do have memories of childhood in the Bronx...and imagination.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Wow! You are welcome anywhere.
NY has always held a great fascination for me starting back in 74 when my wife spent a summer there completing her nurses training in pediatrics at CPH. Every other weekend I'd go down and we'd roam the streets, ride the subway and generally hit a lot of places in Manhattan . . . including the Village. Loved watching the taxi battles the flooded streets at Columbus Circle during a thunder storm. Felt the safest riding the subway uptown at 1:30 AM . . . cars filled with young revelers after a night on the town. NY was very dirty town then . . . Times Square a real hole in the wall with the porn shows and shops . . . went there only once! Been in the city several times since . . . but that first 3 months was the best . . . newly married, young and full of romantic fancifulness. Driving in on the GW Bridge in my Pinto with the worn tires, swallowed whole by all the passing trucks. Once went in by bus into the scary haunts of the Port Authority where as a returning GI from Europe was kicked in the foot by a cop who told me not to fall asleep in this place. Ahh . . . NY that talked about town . . .
T

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for sharing, Tom...I really enjoyed your story...and especially the subway at 1:30 am...read more
My goodness.... I got a really good feel for the city in this spoken-word song of tribute that is brimming with the five senses, and as many emotions and states of reality. Night or day, the city is a chalice of potent brew.

Your writing, especially the hopscotch minds pontificating to people who are not listening, is a psychedelic treat!!!

Adix


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your very kind review, Adix..
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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