the Black and White of things

the Black and White of things

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

 

the Black and White of things

 

 

 

bellows from the belly of the whale

enormous mammalian call

impeached Orca

beached Orca 

 

finds its way to shallow water

as shallow as its motives

a generous generation

susceptible to be swallowed up

 

the ocean is getting so small.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

11/12/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Be fine if it was all black and white, trouble is, it's the layers of bullshit grey in between that give me sleepless nights.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

isn't that the truth....yep, so much grey...thank you, lakinbob,
j.
Regrettably, J., I think this "whale" is playing with his "food." He might be thin-skinned and enjoy shallow waters, but we must admit he knows where to find pools of mindless fish. Dare I give this whale a name? I'll stop there.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i don't think we have to, R.E.
the whale knows its name, i'm sure.
thank you,
j.. read more
Dare I propose, that particularly in the West, we are seeing and suffering the rise of the consequence of decades of complacency in our lot.

Having said that, there is little to applaud in the rest of this increasingly fractured world; and if given only Hobson's choice, I will take what I have and pray that sanity will sooner, rather than later, prevail.

Beccy.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i pray for same, Beccy....
thank you, my friend,
j.
Beccy

3 Weeks Ago

I truly cannot comprehend the mind that thrives on self servitude to the exclusion of all else. Seve.. read more
Pardon my extreme cynicism, but your whale comparison is an insult to whales' intelligence & sense of "humanity." But I definitely see parallels, since I read ole Moby recently. I can visualize all the boats & rowers & harpooners & fat-scrapers flocking around, nearly capsized trying to bag this bleeding, oily mess of a swamp creature. Your poem has piqued my mind with a vivid scene (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you, Margie...i, too, am feeling pretty cynical these days...
hugs,
j.
Hmmm. Reads like a Trump thump to me, Jacob....impeached Orca is an appropriate description.

Certainly interesting times for you guys in the States. Somehow i just think the whole impeachment thing will fall flat on its face. And yet again, am I hearing the democratic bells pealing for the return of Hilary?? Surely you can all do better than that!

I enjoyed the read, Jacob. Clever and original as always.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i'll never tell...and yes, i hope she stays out of the water...
thank you, Doodley,
j.
Forced out of the water, painfully, to what will be an awful fate ... is he retreating now? Abandoning something he could not finish? I sense a political undercurrent... but I can't find blame in the whale, only for his shallow motives. But what were they? Which are the generation susceptible to being swallowed up, taking up so much room that others are forced to leave? Is it the new forcing the old to make room?

Forced to leave....the penny might have dropped. Brexit?

I'm in awe. I'll likely be thinking about this all day Jacob and will come back to it later, I feel that I'm missing a piece.
Laura.


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i really appreciate your insightful words, here, Laura...
thank you so much for your visit..... read more
I’m not sure if I totally got what you had in mind here, Jacob. Yet something in your words set me thinking. From my viewpoint, the ado about the black and white of things is just getting to be a bit too much. With generosity should come freedom yet it doesn’t seem to be happening that way. Perhaps we’re getting too caught up in it. Swallowed up indeed.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i really appreciate where this took you, thank you, DIVYA for your insights.
j.
DIVYA

3 Weeks Ago

You’re welcome, Jacob.

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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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