Immediacy

Immediacy

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Immediacy


couch cadaver
the potato is rotting mad
the rabbit ears just out of reach

the picture bobbing
angry static, voices blurry
and they are just next door

sprouting roots as well.


erin-cilberto
5/6/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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Gee
Been lucky with the weather here Jacob so have got the garden into A1 condition and have decorated a room or two also. Fortunate that I have also worked every day. Many not so lucky.
Hope you are well Jacob

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thanks for sharing, Gee. hope you guys are well, too.
Can't wait to be able to visit in perso.. read more
We sit and absorb it all. We are "sprouting roots", motionless. Yet we are in the midst of the storm-it's "just next door". Your poem so well-expresses the angst, fear, the helplessness, the running backward in slow motion that we all feel. Great metaphor, alliteration, poem. Not so great situation.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your kind review, Annette,
j.
Makes me think of how we are dealing the lockdown...It’s difficult to be a “prisoner” in our own home but for safety’s sake we’ll bear it anyway.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

one of these days we will break out....thank you, gabrielle,
j.
awesome imagery in this write, I know the feeling all too well. Powerful write

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for the kind words, Kay,
j.
Brought me back to the good old bad old days with rabbit ears on top of the TV and plenty of static especially on rainy days. During these stay at home orders, couch potatoes turn into couch cadavers....for sure. We all feel as though we have grown roots. Every day is just as the one before and the isolation is not good for any of us. Very good expression of how we all feel, my friend. Lydi**

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your kind review, Lydi,
j.
A powerful little piece which will be familiar to many in these days of covid. TV on for the sound of voices as much as for the viewing. Yes sprouting roots. Many of us are doing that. Confined to one place. Isolated living. Strong imagery here Jacob.

Chris

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your words, Chris,
j.
This seems to define well my relationship with my sofa and TV lately. And while at it, yesterday's leftovers of anything will do just nicely. I think I'm sprouting. Thanks for that brilliant word! I won't be surprised if they come and collect me in the next batch of couch casualties.

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your words and the smile, Peston,
j.
Pestonjee

1 Year Ago

Glad we could share one :)
You are welcome!
This resonates beautifully, and in many ways, unfortunately, given the time. Nice work. Looking forward to checking out more of your work!

Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you for your kind words, Brian,
j.
Tonight, as I recline, cadaverously, on my couch--shortly after I've consumed my rotting-mad mashed potatoes--I will try, very hard, to make out the blurry voices, next door.
Our worlds have, certainly, become extremely limited and more than slightly surreal.
Powerful bit of work, J!



Posted 1 Year Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

thank you, Jimmy...you are always kind and encouraging...
j.

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jacob erin-cilberto
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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