Someone Smiles at This

Someone Smiles at This

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Someone Smiles at This

 

 

primrose rain

sparkling drops of iridescent 

enigma's petals

wasted on an ugly sidewalk

in an urban garden 

where the streets grow like weeds

between immoral houses

and lackluster apartments that

are like dandelions in an unruly lawn

 

umbrellas recant glistening chorus

as a cloud conducts with a most serious joy

 

to a world made of silence

there are voices again,

and pigeons on rooftops congregating,

ignoring social distance 

as they bob their heads

like prizefighters

 

cooing litanies 

as background music

to the encroaching dilemma

as feet move away

hands stay in pockets

 

and the trellis is battered with fear.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

5/15/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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I found an almost dystopian flavour permeated this poem. The first verse in particular had me shaking my head in despair at how we have arrived at such a barren landscape; and how the current moment has highlighted the many 'ugly sidewalks,' we have created.

As for pigeons, as far as I recall, they are pretty high up in the smarts pecking order. Have a homing instinct that makes Sat Nav seem positively medieval and they can even learn the alphabet, which is more than can be said for many of our so called superior species.

Great poem and I am bobbing my head in admiration here. :))

Beccy.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your very kind words, Beccy,
j.
Social distancing
It can kill emotions
Kill that human connection
What follows - does it affect nature -
Are we essential for nature to be - and grow -

Lovely poem J

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

yes, it can...thank you, Star,
j.
I did love this poem.
"to a world made of silence
there are voices again,
and pigeons on rooftops congregating,
ignoring social distance
as they bob their heads
like prizefighters"
The above lines. So damn good and thank you Jacob for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your visit and kind words, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

Always my pleasure to read your work and you are welcome Jacob.
Three pigeons siting beside me.
We look at each other.
Smile.
Here are your doughnout crumbs.
They coo in return.


Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

and bob their heads...:)))
thank you, Jon,
j.
Jon Roggie

1 Week Ago

I picture the three pigeons from Animaniacs.
Another really great write Jacob.
At least something beautiful can still come out of this quarantine.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words, Allie,
j.
Allie Brumfield

1 Week Ago

You are welcome Jacob.
Death comes behind many masks.
Unlikely, we will "unmask" it, in time.
Eat, drink and take Mary!


Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

But what if Mary doesn't want to go?
ha ha..thanks Jimmy.
j.
The first stanza reads so beautifully and paints a very vivid picture.
"To a world made of silence/there are voices again," Indeed! I have noticed birds being louder and more carefree than they ever were before. It feels good to see them outside again. Remindes me of simpler times...While us humans feel dismayed, they are being more defiant, probably snickering at us as we speak! :))

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

i long for simpler times again...would love to go back to the fifties when i was a kid...i surely ap.. read more
Fear has certainly got us living in our own cages.. plenty of great lines to enjoy in your poem as it portrays our current situation .. we need to be brave and venture out of our nests .

Katrina

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

yes, we do, Katrina, but with care of course, not the reckless abandon some are showing.
than.. read more

I feel I have just been taken on a tour of the neighbourhood jacob… but looking down from somewhere above... even down upon those pigeons misbehaving... are they as fearless as they appear, or are they merely ignorant risk takers and most probably very young and think they are immortal... I was once like that tho.. but without the sheen on my back.... great words these, again... N.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

maybe smarter than squirrels...i always wonder about them...daring as hell, or just plain stupid...s.. read more
Neville

1 Week Ago


ah' yes.. the wheels of misfortune...
Oh to be a bird or a fox or maybe a deer. They have no fear. They continue to live their lives as they normally do, while we are apprehensive to go outside our homes, anxious about the future. I see no one smiling. We have to venture out. We have to be brave. This is the new normal.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

very true, Chris...we do have to...
a little at a time and with reserve....but we must.
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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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