Back-up Band

Back-up Band

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Back-up Band

 

 

eccentric lover

off-beat heart

something like a musician

with cocaine fingers

 

higher than his own chords

his songs pure as snow

but the rest of him splashes

like slush puddles

 

pounding bass

with little effect

she's already left his front row---

an audience tone deaf

 

to what he imagines himself to be.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

1/8/20

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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this could be read a couple of different ways - that he is thinking himself to be more than what he is in a sort of arrogant way - or that she is oblivious or even deceitful - all in the interpretation - beautifully done, as always.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, Lyn,
j.
Some pound a bass to the beat of a different drummer. Making wrongs right in thier minds but no so much in the minds of others. Ego has a way of doing that. As aways an amazing read .

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, B....i appreciate your words,
j.
a legend in his own mind
on his ego trip.."higher than his own chords"..yes indeed but. then boom..he'll be hitting bottom soon enough..

nice work

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, Fran,
j.
So true, Jacob. The problem with those that set themselves on a pedestal never know when they are too close to the edge..

N.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

and many fall over that edge...thank you, Norman,
j.
its hell playing second fiddle ;[ even worse to overestimate one's self ... reminds me of street people i stopped to listen to for a moment .. lost in a haze .. completely self absorbed and so easy to see how well they thought their musicianship was ... love your stuff sir! keeping it real
E.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, E,
j.
Expressed with reality-hammering analogy . . . I don't SEE a back-up band in your words, but your depiction is so powerful, I'm transported to a vision of all those people I've known who are magically followed around by unfailing advocates, an attache of butt-wipers, a walking support group . . . and if I'm not willing to be part of that, well . . . you know how I will choose *wink! wink!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Margie...
appreciate your sentiment here...
j.
Some people prefer strangeness . . . others don't. Eventually, everyone wants normalcy . . . at least some version of it . . . even if they might deny it . . . it's wired in our genes . . . even if it's just making contact.
T

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i agree, T.....i do agree.
thank you,
j.
Oh boy, this bloke has got an ego. He can't see the mirror for the glass. He certainly doesn't see himself the way that others do. Great write Jacob.

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Chris.
j.
This explains perfectly my own awesomeness, in a house devoid of mirrors Jacob.
What we think and what others see is as different as a person and their facebook profile.
If i was vain, this would probably be about me. But i think we all know my awesomeness limitations 😀

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

love your reply, Lorry...it's "AWESOME"
"and you probably think this song is about you"
.. read more
It's like I can see the harmony and color in this poetry. Cocaine fingers always get me too, it's a whirlwind of music you've set up for us!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, glad you could get a visual and audio from this.
j.

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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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