when the corn grows wicked

when the corn grows wicked

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


when the corn grows wicked

 

 

 

no scripture can be translated

for the adjunct sinner

that will soften the penalties

for indiscretion,

and felony

 

we must take the plea bargain

the offer from the highest court

and accept our penance like a luxury tax

not an insidious burden laid upon us

with a wry smile

 

and decreased salary,

we are but the contract we sign at birth

with our umbilical blood

 

love must be given even with reasonable doubt

for the jury will accrue our tempered decisions

when the gates open...

 

either to a deeper prison

or a peaceful field

of dreams.

 

 

erin-cilberto

8/11/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Mel
"we are but the contract we sign at birth/with our umbilical blood." Really intense prose. Love it.

Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you, Mel,
j.
Wow this reads like a diamond having many facets each with a different meaning or interpretation. Be it political, or on relationships, love, our judicial system and all the flaws. The title was creepy like that movie suggesting an evil element, in fields of gold, there are those who want to harvest it all for themselves a bit like governments. A most interesting read.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

and yes, this does go in different directions and yet in the end, they all point down...and i apprec.. read more
Looks like I get to be the first one here, and I'm wondering about the title, how it reminds me of two things
1st the funny reference of "children of the corn" and 2ndly maybe more appropriately the verse Luke 8:4-18
it's interesting that I was just thinking about this and so this is my favorite part "we are but the contract we sign at birth with our umbilical blood love must be given even with reasonable doubt
for the jury will accrue our tempered decisions when the gates open..." If we have signed a contract before birth then why are we judged by what is already agreed upon? If someone drinks from another's cup do they take on the responsibility of the sins of the cup owner, or even the who poured the cup?
Or do they drink and go their way unaware. Isn't it just a matter of just yes or no? you do or you don't, aren't the innocent forgiven the ignorant over looked? This is a very different one for you and it makes me think which is awesome...each gets to take away from it what they will and isn't that much like the cup of life?

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your insightful words...i like the roads you took....as for the title...mmmm...last tw.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

although your Stephen King, Children of the Corn reference made me smile...
Corset

1 Week Ago

love must be given even with reasonable doubt
this I heard as "benefit of the" devout XD
I like this line
Love must be given with reasonable doubt. How True!! How much better would it be if we remembered this as we fell in love? Nothing is guaranteed, certainly not reciprocity in love. Only that we gave it our best, expected only what the other could give and lived it with grace.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your words, Stephany,
j.

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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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