poeming gray

poeming gray

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

poeming gray 



a very old man

an ancient typewriter

on a dusty desk at dusk

his eyes are bad,

the ribbon is fading

around his neck

he feels the compression

words choking his vanity


he was once a great writer

published thousands of poems

dozens of books,

he was a best seller

gave readings in smoky coffee houses


was likened to Dylan

to Ferlinghetti

to all of his heroes

and he was one of theirs


and then he got very old

and his instrument got very old

and his desk lost its balance

and even his spectacles 

could not help him find his words

someone bought him a new ribbon

but he needed new fingers

a new mind

"less is more" they always said


but "none is unbearable" he thought

as he raised the gun

and finally started to type.





© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto

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I think "less is more" only to those who don't have more to give, or as a way to rationalize losing abilities... getting old sucks donkey turds, especially when you realize that there are fewer words and they begin to all sound like the same poem, echoing off in the wilderness.... the gut wrenching sadness comes I think when we do shoot the old typewriter rather than pass it on to some young one who adds you to the list of those poets who inspired them... Dylan, ee, Plath, Jacob...

Posted 3 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

I often start feeling like all my poems start sounding the same...thank you for your words, Curt.read more

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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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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