when the fever breaks

when the fever breaks

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


when the fever breaks



strobe light love

blinded dancers with awkward moves

the music beats down the heart


intermittent advances

and retractions

produce wary reactions



strobe light love

as the floor twirls 

with the delight it feels


as resistance 

becomes insistence

and trust



strobe light love


while what was once believed


is inexorably







© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto

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Do I detect a thought in this poem to that old disco movie . . . "Saturday Night Fever?" People still disparage that old 70"s funky music . . . maybe not because of the sound itself, but those awful clothing styles!!!!! I remember dancing with my gal under a strobe light in a smoky crowed roadhouse in upstate NY in the early 70's . . . before disco. Fortunately for us . . . the fever never broke!!!

Posted 2 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

yes, those days mingled in here, for sure.
thanks for sharing...yes, the awful styles...but t.. read more
Like those disco lights on Saturday nights. Psychedelic, mind-bending play of music and light. The dancers move awkwardly, move for move, initial wariness turning to confidence, only to be lurched later. With strobe light love, the trip always ends, the fever always breaks and with it all the illusions.

Posted 2 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

yes, those illusions getting broken...thank you, DIVYA,
You got me dancing yeah. Great imagery here of people meeting on the dance floor amid the flashing lights and the heat. Oh what fun, and then you speak to them after the music and find that the flames are extinguished. They aren't who you thought .When someone opens there mouth and speaks, what a difference it can make. This one made me smile. It is so very relatable. Took me back in time. Great read Jacob.


Posted 2 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for relating to this one, Chris.
yes, when the lights quite flashing...what do we h.. read more
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Added on December 1, 2019
Last Updated on December 1, 2019


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..