Rulers and Sins

Rulers and Sins

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Rulers and Sins

 

 

i learned division in fourth grade

and 

i learned it again

with the distinction

and distraction

 

of

 

a quotient dividing a country

there is no remainder

even if two parties 

fraction the dividend 

 

let's overthrow insidious raven

empty the nest

it is infected

 

straw dogs are barking in the night heat

the nuns who taught us once

have passed through the gates

 

they have their habits

we have our math

 

we don't need books 

or lessons

we need to fly into a raging wind

 

a winged vote

a murder of ravens

a murder of a raven

 

a parliament of reason

the wise ones are watching

and they can figure out

 

what's left over.

 

 

erin-cilberto

10/9/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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This might be the most powerfully I've seen it expressed, how this election is a game-changer. Such a depth of passion I've not felt in your poetry, which typically dwells in the sardonic. This poem starts out with your usual aloof & carefully constructed metaphor (all admirable), but somewhere along the way you crash into a gut-wrenching plea, flinging mixed metaphors flying left & right. To watch the slow disintegration of your poetic control spoke more to me about your intensity . . . and I feel the same way. It's getting so close now, I almost can't stand to watch anything about it anymore. Just give me the bottom line! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I am with you, Margie...hard to listen to and watch...
thank you for your understanding words.. read more
Jacob, I am waiting for the great novel.
"a winged vote
a murder of ravens
a murder of a raven"
I like these lines above. Maybe the ravens can't be killed? Thank you my friend for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i think you have the makings of that novel, Coyote...
many of your writes could be corralled .. read more
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Gee
A parliament of crows led by the self proclaimed great raven.
Our political situation is non to good yours is pitiful.Hope you are well Jacob

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thanks Gee....hard to be great when it is happening is happening.
j.
Such a topical write....we are in the midst of a political struggle and no matter which side of the political fence your ideas fall, it is a difficult time. We can only hope that this election will bring our country a little more peace and togetherness. Lydi**

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, we surely hope that is true...thank you, Lydi....
Peace and Togetherness...how sweet it .. read more
A parliament of reason, very wise!!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

ha ha...thanks, Cassie.
j.
As you ever have, you use not only skills but imagination to 'talk' about situations, people, who shred the lives of others when gentle and gentling' are the words of the time. Instead the nasties buzz about, like crazed hornets, messing with logic, playing the fool and injecting bile into already shaky conditions'

'.. let's overthrow insidious raven .. empty the nest.. it is infected...'

(Give power a right and - it throws it right back at you, so the old adage goes)

Your use of language is incredible, subtle but legible, comforting too in its own way because you speak out without criminal intent. However, downright appraisal is your right. Many thanks for.. being you.,

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your very kind review...em.
and yes, Crazed hornets are no damn fun at all.
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All about division in politics. Never have we been so divided, that is both in the States and in the UK. Politics split down the middle. No middle ground I fear. Makes many people unhappy and restless. That's where you took me with this really visual write Jacob. Those ravens ugh.... never have liked those birds.

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Yes, no middle ground....thank you, Chris,
j.
I love what this represents as well as how it is representing it! Sometimes, poetry and writing can put all of that hatred and anger into a beautiful set of delicate words and metaphors. Only if words were so quick to change the politics of this world. Amazing as always! ❤️

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

i think it might be better to write it out than act it out...thank you, Rose,
j.
Indeed a clever play of words as the political dilemma and challenges in the USA (and across the globe) face us as ordinary people with history and some reason.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, and Some reason...hopefully. Thank you, John,
j.
A very clever write on the disgust theory of politics... Division and their habit... Truly said. I like the parliament of reason the most...

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, Dreamer,
j.

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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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