grins to riches

grins to riches

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


grins to riches

 

 

the palace of you

defamed crown

diamond studded throne

 

i am the beggar

asking simply for a touch

a brush of lips against an indigent cheek

the only handout presumed

 

i am on the steps

trying to get close to your heart

are you willing to give love to a commoner?

 

i don't want to steal your diamonds

or your crown,

just a bit of your heart

even if i have to pilfer

 

with my oh so poor smile...

 

 

erin-cilberto

9/4/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Grins are riches and a guffaw would fill the bank. We can look around thinking I'm not good enough, while the other party is doing the same.
A little bit of the Prince and the Pauper...or should I say the Princess and the Pauper.
But then all you're asking is 'just a little bit of your heart now baby'. No foolin...just Joplin.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Ted,
j.
this one seems kind of sad but yet touching, nicely represented

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words silent k.
j.
that grin doesn't seem all that poor of a smile in this writing dear Jacob:) but that which you wish to pilfer is the finest treasure available! like the indignant line:)

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your words, bunny.
j.
Your poem brings to mind a common pitfall of love/romance (in my opinion) . . . how we often feel inferior to the object of our affection, thereby putting him/her on a pedestal where we are a little bit afraid to approach & so things stay stuck as a mutual-admiration cliff hanger *sigh!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you walking to the edge of the cliff with me, Margie.
j.
I made the mistake of reading Sir Noodle of einsteinias review first and I completely agree, although it reminded me of a royal version of the godfather/mafia movies, where at the dons daughters wedding he must say yes to a favour.
Sometimes barriers break and we find that one who is out of our league, but sometimes it is only self doubt that puts them on such a pedestal.
It also reminds me of where I am now, living in an area where the local residents assume I am the help. I just tell them Im a secret millionaire. They don't need to know the place came with the job 😀
Everyone loves a tale of the underdog Jacob and you have managed that to stunning effect here. An honest heartfelt plea for one moment, just one. Brilliant.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Oh i love this Lorry...Godfather....made me think of Luca Brazzi..."Godfather, thank you for invitin.. read more
the humility and simple humanity in this is very appealing .. reminded me of the caste system of India .. an "untouchable" reaching out :( what would i do???? hmmmmmmmmm not sure about a kiss sir; but i think i would take the hand ;) what a huge story told in this says i! in such a very little space .. novels are written around such things .. movies made ... love the humility sir! grins to riches ... might just do the trick right!? I have never been able to smile and show me teeth .. thin lips and overbite refuse me ... no wonder i have skirted working "poor" all me life :)))))))))))))))))))) poor but happy i must say
E.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i agree with your last line for sure...i lived a paycheck away from the street for so many years...b.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Weeks Ago

yes it is .. a wonderful thing .. after the long struggle .. respite in our old age .. not that you .. read more
A very poetic way of beginning this well crafted appeal - - "the palace of you" has all the hall-marks of talented afters.. with an end stanza to sigh for too. A gem of a write jacob - keep smiling and for sure you will win that rich heart ........ Fay

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Fay,
j.
A smile is an excellent way to break the ice. Who can resist the warmth of a genuine smile. I am thinking nothing ventured, nothing gained. Take a risk and go for it, but go slowly.

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, SLOWLY....some of us after awhile only know that speed...thank you, Chris.
j.
Slow and steady wins the race, if you want something worthwhile, that is.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, Linda Marie,
j.
I like this. It is sometimes hard to believe that people aren't after something and just genuinely want to share their love.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

so true, David...thank you for the read and comment,
j.

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jacob erin-cilberto

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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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