Second Hand and Beyond

Second Hand and Beyond

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Second Hand and Beyond

 

 

love is a blind button

on a frayed flannel chest

the heart of the material

worn to comfortable,

and yet, 

will it still keep us warm?

 

or irritate the soft, used skin

of tactile tandem lies

beneath...

 

 

erin-cilberto

7/26/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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Love can become too comfortable; taken for granted. And, of course, as you say, a constant and deep
irritant. Both are capable of ending relationships.
Powerfully expressed!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thanks for your insightful words, Jimmy,
j.
Perhaps we have our own preferences: taking the rough with the smooth, acceptance or rejection.
The wrapping is often a guide to length of durability and service, plus, of course, the care awarded. Your metaphors inspire flights of fancy, dear sir.!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, the good with the bad...we are going to get both for sure...thank you, em.
j.
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

As always, a pleasure to read your words.. and learn.
And yet love is seldom given up on, 'tis an art I say, as always Jacob, remarkable imagery to accompamny the magnificent metaphor :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your words, Ruth.
j.
I think flannel is one of those clothing items that tells a story. Maybe it's when you're sick or when its cold out. A personal item soft and warm. An ease we strive to find in other aspects of our lives.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your metaphorical response, duff.
j.
I'm wondering, given the direction of the content and the inclusive clothing concerns, if just baring it all would work even better?
Just a thought

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

maybe that would be better, Dave...
thank you for your words,
j.
Flannel does keep one warm in the right temperatures, yet wear it out of season and that itching, sweating irritation becomes unbearable. I guess some relationships and loves are like that. We have to be comfortable or we'll start scratching ourselves and our other halves to ruin.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Inessa,
j.
Flannel is soft, comfortable and warm, especially flannel sheets in winter. Crisp cotton can be cold and uninviting. That's where I went here. A bit oif a trip to the laundry.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

very true, Chris, very true.
thank you,
j.
Love is a guessing game ... one best left to those not afraid to chance an unwanted outcome.
Well-worn flannel may not retain warmth but it is soft enough not to irritate the lies on a two-way street.

Those old shirts, worn thin enough to see thru, are comfortable to wear, but never seem to please our ladies.


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, they never seem to...
thank you, Ted.
j.
Me being a total dud at love, I'm stabbing in the dark here. I get the idea your poem relates to the way sometimes an old comfy relationship can be like a double-edged sword. People crave the familiarity while bemoaning the boredom. But this could also be about losing buttons in the laundry (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

that part is so true...craving the familiarity while bemoaning the boredom...or maybe i am losing th.. read more

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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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