i was thinking after reading Dana's poem

i was thinking after reading Dana's poem

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto
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inspired by dana's "a poem for times like these"---

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i was thinking after reading Dana's  poem

 

 

my sentiments are sediment

enclosed in crags

spilling over cliffs of uncertainty

 

if tomorrow comes will it be a great fall

a hard landing into the surrealistic patterns 

drawn by this unwelcome guest?

 

why use question marks when every question

asked these days is a rhetorical riot of unease

 

I want to believe in masked men and women saving the world

but that series ended in the early sixties

when Silver was still posturing for the camera

and Chicken Pox or Measles were the only adolescent concerns

that meant some days off from school.

 

Now school is just a myth

we are learning from a screened in porch

with no audio

no sentiments

just frozen sediment

Meaningless words on a monitor

as we monitor our own isolation

to the point

 

that we have to peer into

the mirror

to remember

what a human looks like

and even then,

we question our own humanity

wondering if we are just in a really 

bad "B" (horror) movie.

 

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

3/31/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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This is a great response to Dana's poem. I am not experiencing life anything like this, but I need to be reminded how hard isolation is on most people. I especially love your play on the words "sediment" and "sentiment" . . . so apt . . . stuck in eddies, sediment piles up. This is one of the most powerful poems I've read about how it feels to go thru this, for most people (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review, Margie.
j.
ah oh I missed a Dana poem... but I found a Jacob poem:)
some stirrings are afoot... I believe it was Perdition that said that he wrote his last plague poem and I felt consonant in those lines but I knew better. This virus has been the ultimate writers block for me both in motivation and inspire. Before i can jot a thought the inner editor tells me who wants to hear of more grim and I freeze in my frames:) But then another thought came to light we as writers are also chroniclers and 100 years from now some guy in the next epidemic throws will be typing the keywords plague & poem and maybe he will read things like this and take solace in the knowledge that others suffered and reflected and maybe even survived:)

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

dana's poem that inspired, "a poem for times like these"
and thank you for your kind words he.. read more
Thought provoking and scary. Yes, when I wake up each morning it's like being an actor in a horror movie, except it's real. We are all in a horror movie at the moment, wanting to blink and get back to our own normality. We are all wondering, how long is this going on for? We are certainly all in it together. Maybe that helps just a little.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, we are in it together, and maybe this trauma will bring us all closer as a people if we survive.. read more
your poem here really makes
us think..what indeed will
life be like ..when that tomorrow
comes..will we be of a more
gentle spirit or will we be so busy
and rushed to care about one
another .much to ponder here..

nice work

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind words, Fran,
j.
Excellent again Jacob yes I feel for the ages 8 and up to say thirty forty the most
We only had measles mumps etc chicken pox so different to today

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Julie...
j.
This is a thought provoking write j ..and so many changes since back in the day ..and not all good unfortunately. Uncertain times we live in now and yes that is scary.
Kind regards
Katrina


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Katrina...
keep yourself safe and well...
Am hoping we can all wake up from.. read more
Katrina Mckeown

1 Month Ago

Thank you j .. I will try my best.. hope you stay safe and well as well.. and hopefully we can all w.. read more
"why use question marks when every
question asked these days is a rhetorical riot of unease"

because we are such fools when it comes down to unravelling our journeys from our routs; the travel in our passages from our broken ways through the jungles we profess to understand. Great poem, as always my brother..

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, we are fools...
thank you for your kind words, dana, and thank you for your poem which w.. read more
A bad ‘B’ horror movie or even a nightmare from which we may wake up to find our normal, sunny world with children at school and mums chatting in parks and office executives and shop workers rushing about in lunch hour, without a care and without masks! It’s a new, scary world.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, it is Rania, and thank you for your understanding world...i hope we can all wake up soon before.. read more
Jacob... you are correct... we would prefer to go back to the days of Shakespeare than to live in a world where technology is a mystery and reality is a way to virtual insanity. I wish upon a Star that a bad dream will disappear. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

dipping a quill in the ink well...ah, yes...lovely.
maybe the bad dream will disappear if we .. read more
Another great poem with much to think about Jacob. I always enjoy your poetry because it causes me to think. ~Sharon

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Sharon.
j.

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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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