Lincoln's Reflection

Lincoln's Reflection

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Lincoln's Reflection

 

 

repressed integrity

man of a thousand lies

corporate son immersed in a wealth

of himself

 

aggregate leanings

with simple meanings

sees himself a complicated

ambiguity

 

ripe rebellion

meandering over the line

his intuitive poetic-ism

amassed a fortune

 

but the words shallow

as a wading pool

filled with wishful pennies

 

a cold heart gets

its toes wet

with frivolous beating.

 

 

erin-cilberto

1/19/2020 

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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My opinion[s] of various persons has changed in reflection.
This is a pretty good poem.
I like the way, for me, it seemed to notice the more obscure lincoln, the ugly, if you will. And also sort of a 'missing you' thing, with the images of the skinny kid reading by candlelight in a log cabin, that existed in my perception before I cleaned out most of my school learning, as it was largely choreographed or false.
I'll have another, entonces .....

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

really appreciate your insightful review, Anthony...
thank you for the visit and your words,<.. read more
even the powerful are no more than pennies when seen in the larger scheme of things.... we have believed far too many lies and see only what is just below the surface, what is 'reflected', when what is needed is to get at the roots of things, see the inner workings of life, a social system, everything around us....

as for Lincoln, the myth, the reality, he was no rebel and as he said himself that he was only against slavery in order to save the 'rebublic'.... he freed no one it was won on the battle field and by the sacrifice of the slaves themselves, who were not even allowed to fight until it looked like the north would lose... Lincoln was no hero, but the masses of slaves seeking freedom were!!!

so many illusions and self delusions fill America and Americans, it's amazing how no ones looks deeper at how the wealth of some and this country came about and continues today.... they look at the "cents" and not the blood and lives embedded in each penny... America beats with a 'cold heart'...

Jacob, your poem invokes a lot of emotion in me and no matter how this poem is read, it fulfills our responsibility as poets to bring forth art that unleashed our hearts and sensibilities.... maybe one day we will get it right, get beyond the pennies....

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your most insightful review, Curt...
really appreciate your words here.
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The first verse makes me think of a particular individual, who shall remain unnamed. The following verses do not make me think otherwise, although they are more ambiguous. I don't know if my man sees himself as a "complicated ambiguity," for he has little insight, possibly doesn't want any. The lines "his intuitive poeticism/amassed a fortune" ring true if poeticism means selling by telling people what they want to hear. Indeed, his words are shallow. Is he "Lincoln's reflection?" If so, a very pale reflection it is. Of course, Abe was no plaster saint himself, but we won't get into that here.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

very interesting and apt description of this piece, John..
thank you,
j.
but the words shallow

as a wading pool

filled with wishful pennies

Those pennies only hide just how shallow that pool really is. Brilliant piece, JacoB:)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Pryde,
j.
Long lost from Lincoln’s blessed office we meander wondering where is America.

Regards,
Al

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

as Simon and Garfunkel sang..."and they've all gone to look for America"
thank you, Al.
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I know there is a lot of corruption in Government but the current President takes the cake and its it too.
I hope next election enough smart people help vote him out.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, Dale.
j.
Looking back...then looking forward...Lincoln's reflection sits as President. Lincoln was the first Republican president but he was hardly popular back then... for his stance on slavery for one thing. Funny isn't it, that slavery was supported by the Democratic party. I don't believe that Trump will ever be compared to Lincoln unless it's in his own bloated ego.
It seems that the only great presidents have been the assassinated ones doesn't it?
Lincoln was hardly a popular candidate for president, but he did end the Civil War and abolish slavery, for which he paid a heavy price.

One of my nieces researched our family tree and discovered that one of our ancestors was a Union soldier who was present in the hotel room when Lincoln died.

You got me started j.


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

interesting what you share here, Ted...appreciate where you took this...
j.
I don't know much about Lincoln apart from the fact that he was assassinated. I would imagine that others would admire his reflection and when they look into the mirror wish they saw him looking back. I think this is far more about the man looking into the mirror, one driven by wealth and ambition than it is of Lincoln. Not all politicians are cut out for the top job. That's for certain and applies to both sides of the pond. That's where you took me Jacob. Most politicians are interested in power.

Chris

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

i like where you went with this, Chris...
the reference to Lincoln has to do with him being t.. read more
From Gee's review, I could guess him out yet this is so reminiscent of so many business moguls, globally. It has everything to do with repressed integrity, lies, shallow words and cold hearts. And its a sobering thought that most of them have a damning, definitive say in how the world is run and that most of them, invariably get into politics and go on to lead their nations, eventually.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

yes, so many of them....thank you for your words, DIVYA,
j.
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He travels the globe sullying even further the already tarnished reputation of your country. Out country is messed up politically but he takes it to another level.
Good morning Jacob, you'll soon have chance to boot him out...fingers crossed.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

I imagine this could apply to our King...as he sees hiimself, yes...he does kind of fit this generic.. read more

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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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