a Benjamin Button Moment

a Benjamin Button Moment

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

a Benjamin Button Moment 




spittle slipping down a beard's slope

shaky fork, 


missing target

hunger lashes out


drink spills in suspended acronym

for some condition of aging


a once Father who held a spoon

to an infant's eager lips

now as an infant reincarnation

he waits to be held


waits for the morsel to reach

his moribund heart


and i shed a drop 

for not being God

for not being able to reverse

his years,


to be held in his arms once again

virile eyes smiling gently at me

as i receive the spoonful of love


and then fall asleep

knowing i am safe once again.






© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto

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wow. i am speechless. this is so good!

Posted 4 Days Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Days Ago

thank you for the very kind words, Mondaine,
a powerful tribute to those Fathers that do and did nurture and protect ... those fortunates who felt it remember the scent of their fathers ... heart breaking when anyone, let alone a parent falls to some "...suspended acronym" (you remain a master sir) well done says i!

Posted 4 Days Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Days Ago

thank you for your kind review, E,
Ageing is a very cruel and compromising process indeed. It’s inevitable and everyone born is damned. You convey the helplessness in such compelling words.

Posted 4 Days Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Days Ago

thank you for your very supportive words, DIVYA,

4 Days Ago

You’re most welcome.
Ah Jacop the ache of knowing that our world has faded away - and that we are mere observers from our our unexpected dotage - perhaps we should form a help group called GA geriatrics anonymous - HAHA

Posted 4 Days Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Days Ago

i think that is a good idea, Michael..i like that.
thank you, my friend,

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Added on November 8, 2019
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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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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