untimely weather

untimely weather

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

untimely weather




dragonflies posthumously stick to battered windshields

life in the fast lane

humans scarce

but highways congested with a buzz of relief


and yet, wings are ripped apart for ego's sake

cars won't back off,

full-speed suicide into embankments


while banks empty out like roadkill

states cocoon into ghost trees

there is a fall,


inconsequential to leaves turning

but the on-ramps are all closed to 

the traffic of poverty


I am becoming a dragonfly

searching a windshield


perhaps I won't feel it 

go through my heart.






© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto

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Profoundly pessimistic.
But, I suppose, starting at the bottom of a ravine only leaves a traveler one way to go--
hopefully, not into the ground.
An amazing piece of work, Jacob.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Jimmy,
You dread what lies ahead. It has only just started and the knock on effect is going to be awful. There are going to be many more deaths and alot of poverty. Keep safe and away from crowds. Those dragonflies aren't prepared to wait to find out. They are out of it already.


Posted 4 Weeks Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you for your words, Chris,
The highway to hell incorporating 2020 roadkill.
Some think January 1st will be utopia. Probably too late for the ones already on the streets though, but let's be optimistic nothing else for it.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

Yes, optimism if we can conjure it up.
AC/DC wrote and sang about this year a long time ago.<.. read more
Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

Can't beat AC/DC
A eloquent portrayal of how many must feel right now with covid on top of environmental and the political state we are in across the globe. We are indeed awaiting our personal windscreens by simply sitting letting it all happen. A note worthy piece Jacob!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind review, John,

................ if its quick and relatively pain free, it'll do for me, but I refuse to go searching for it .. one mans windshield is another mans poisoned arrow .............. disturbingly deep but maybe liberating too...

Posted 4 Weeks Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

I think Paul Simon would like your line in this review...thank you, Neville,

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Added on October 29, 2020
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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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