Stone Cold Fireworks

Stone Cold Fireworks

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Stone Cold Fireworks

 

statues cause unrest

in monumental silence

they scream rabid past---

separation through piqued fence

 

finds its sway

on a lurid Independence Day

 

 

erin-cilberto

7/3/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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Like the destruction of stele in the ancient Egyptian reign of Hatsheput. This destruction is nothing new. The Nazis and fascists did it. More recently ISIS was destroying monuments. And these are just American terrorists and Nazis.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

interesting...is destruction sometimes creation...
maybe out with the old in the new?
.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

It is a declaration of war on civilization.
The Art of Time... If we start over again...
will there even be Artists and Musicians.
Will it be Heavy Metal or Soft Rock.
Will we wear Fig Leaves and swing from trees.
Just asking... Will the Wealthy people employ Cooks?
Just wondering... does the Brave New World really offer a better alternative.
gently, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I vote for the soft rock by a Landslide...but then, it might bring me down.
I am wondering a.. read more
History may be a good teacher to rectify mistakes and avoid them ....
And today it's guru purnima in India ... a tribute and a feeling of gratitude towards the teacher ...

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

nice for the teachers to get some well-deserved recognition...underpaid and underappreciated profess.. read more
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Gee
More flag burning, statue toppling and general mass unrest, but Trumpy will sort it ( yeah right) But never fear Kanye West has thrown his hat into the presidential ring along with Donald and Daffy.
Hope you are well Jacob and enjoyed the 4th, if that possible.


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

didn't enjoy the 4th much this year...didn't feel much reason to celebrate.
thanks for your t.. read more
Gee

1 Month Ago

Only to look at Jacob, only to.look at :))
Well, coming from Glasgow originally, with its rich history of the tobacco lords building the city, who all used slaves on their plantations, I feel the statues should stay, as a permanent reminder of what not to be.
Rewrite the plaques and show their accurate history, rather than their paid for greatest hits.
It's either that or redo Mt Rushmore with Dylan, Hendrix, Joplin and Mamma Cass. History is history, whether we agree with it or not.
And a belated happy Independence day to you all.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I like that idea for Mt. Rushmore...works for me to have those four.
"I was so much older the.. read more
Doesn't it feel like we're jumping on the sacrifice of the patriots? We own our different lands that are not ours anyway. They're theirs who fought for it and conquered.
United States has all what it wants yet there's discrimination on every next field. This time isn't independent, it's arrested in the cuffs of polluted air that resists unity. May Almighty make peace prevail.


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Amen, Tahsin.
thank you for your words...
there is no real Independence when we are no.. read more
Your history is under attack. Whatever people think of it, you can't erase it. You have to live with it, accept it and do better in the future. United States, it's all there, it's in the name, yet there is division where there should be unity, today of all days. We have our own restlessness over here on a lesser scale.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, the name does not fit the place these days. Thank you, Chris.
j.
This certainly is a different Independence Day. It's supposed to be all about our history and yet so much of the country's history is being destroyed every day. You said a lot here, Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your words, Lydi...hard to hear as they are...we are in a quandary, worse than ever be.. read more
Whenever I look at the statues of heroes, I indeed feel their scream. I don't feel they are happy with the way how everything has turned out after their fight. We talk about Independence day but I think people who went through the battle can understand the depth of it in true sense.
The poetry does have a deep deep meaning to make you think about all these.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, moog-drika...I appreciate the depth of
your response...
Do we experience things because we must or..is history finally catching up in this mucked up today.? Your words hint at more than tearing down statues. There's so much in people's minds, things have been simmering, are ready to flare more and more. Memories circle taut emotional minds, tears and anger act up too. What hurts should be exorcised. Burn fingers, put under cold water, Same applies on the past at its worst Make changes the right way, takes time but, do it. Independence means.. thinking about..

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

if only the demons, the hate, the wrongs could finally be exorcised...but so much that is unkind is .. read more

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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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