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I was on the road

for a few pages with kerouac

but veered onto the off ramp

my concentration couldn't drive through

so many towns at 30 miles an hour

 

and the map had no ending

my destination displayed

billboards in my imagination

but they were commercials for boredom

 

I know I was supposed to be grateful

to hitch a ride with the man

but two conversations and 

three cigarettes later

I was sound asleep

with his book on my lap

 

and the windshield wipers

singing in the rain,

tapping a blues rhythm in between

the binding

of a dashboard and a seat belt

holding me way too tight.

 

 

erin-cilberto

6/29/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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I have started that same journey often Jacob, but the car always pulls over and ejects me by chapter three.
The past while, I've been doing my own list of "100 books to read before you die" (currently on book 43 - We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, which is pre Orwell Orwellian) and I am so annoyed I laminated the list, because I'll have to force myself to finish that journey one day.
Some writers grab you and some don't. He don't for me.
Maybe I could just tape over it and write "The cat in the hat" in its place 😀


Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

you'll finish the journey one day, Lorry...I believe you will, just stop at a few rest stops along t.. read more
ahahahaha not a fan eh!? ... well ...likes and dis-likes alike define us don't they :) a defining work allegedly .. my wife liked Kerouac and read a bunch of his stuff .. she was a very quiet, serene person .. but she surprised me in a lot of other ways as well ... not surprised you didn't enjoy the ride .. your not much of a fan of Bukowski either are you? ..great title my friend .. when the road disappoints .. get the hell off it eh?! :)))))))))))))))))))) happy day to ya brother!
E.

Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Days Ago

you got it, E.
Not a fan of either, although I really like Kerouac's Blues Poetry....there he.. read more
Concentration took a nose dive while you were reading and you fell asleep. Ha. It happens. Kerouac I'm not familiar with. Doesn't sound a good recommendation though. Hardly a riveting read for you to make such an exit. Maybe I'll not bother. Like the driving metaphor J.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

It's a super popular novel and critically acclaimed...but I just don't see it.
thanks for you.. read more
What a wide imagination you have! I really liked the ride, it seems tiring. It's like watching a western movie. Take a break.
Awesome write. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words, Lale,
j.
I have been working on reading On the Road for several months. But, this is a problem I have with a lot of books. I am always reading too many books at once. I saw an interview with him where he said he had written the entire book in three weeks on a long ream of paper. I suppose a bit more time and some editing would have produced something different entirely. I enjoy his insights into people's personalities, but I have too far to go in the book to say if I would read it again or not.

I've experienced this with a lot of books I felt I ought to read. There's the drive to dig in and the necessary focus, but a few pages in, my mind is wandering or I'm drifting off. As writers, sometimes I feel like there is an expectation that we will be well-versed in all the works that are in some capacity considered great, but the human mind doesn't have the capacity for that at this point in time. There is so much to read and not enough mind-space lurking in that gap between the dashboard and the seatbelt.

Love the driving metaphor for this, Jacob. It's so apt considering Kerouac's narrative. And I love that you have shared the ways a 'great work' has left you outside. Like food, not all works suit our palates. Great poem.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

what a great review...thanks for sharing your experience with Jack...Yes, and I agree, almost every .. read more
Now you know Willie must have been a fan of Kerouac & I detect a touch of Eddie Rabbit here as well.
Nothing like the swish of wipers on a rainy evening running cross country at 4:00 am.

Well done j.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

"I love the rainy nights"
thank you, Ted.
if you're going that way, may i hitch a poet.. read more
Ted Kniffen

5 Days Ago

Any time my friend ... anytime.
haha, On the road is a bit of a needs a full stop type of read even for fans , but his poetry is a bit more dynamic, if he was sitting there rapping out some blues haikus to the wind screen wipers and the rain, you would be wired , you should listen to the Kerouac album blues, haikus and trumpet, really brings everything to life, another great poem j.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I love his poetry...it enamors me...just that book, the prose, a Yawn for me...a big gaping one.
Imagination riding through the soul, big tires wheeling the story around! Great write!

Al

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Love your reply, Al...so metaphorical, I want to drive it.
Alfred Kukitz

1 Week Ago

Hop onboard buddy!
Loved this....On the Road with Jack Kerouac is not a book to read if you are not ready to concentrate. Lately I have trouble concentrating even on a newspaper article. Keep reading the same lines over and over. When the seatbelt holds you tighter than a hug, you are in trouble! :) this is great, Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Lydi...I feel it is not a book to read, ever. But I know I am in a minority there...it's .. read more

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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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