America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

America the Beautiful


muscle cars
empty bars

hotels with too many vacancies
room service suspended

drinks are outside of the house
people are inside their fever

burning rubber
towards heaven

they weren't warned of last call
and the "do not disturb" signs

were ripped off their doors
by angry maids

who are jobless
then penniless
then toothless

starving

living 

in muscle cars
their lives suspended

erin-cilberto
11/21/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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Times are proving to be impossible for so many, I can't see much light at the end of the tunnel of late...when will the wheel turn ey...excellent reflections Jacob...

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your words, Ruth,
j.
I enjoyed the word choice and imagery used to depict the overall message

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind review, Rosie,
j.
Jacob, your words paint a true and deplorable picture of how America’s people are suffering at the hands of power-mongers. It just seems to be never -ending. The poor get poorer, the sick get sicker and the blind eyes refuse to see. Every staccato line and metaphor in this poem cuts to the heart and the soul of America.-“jobless..penniless..toothless..starving”- all boxes checked in sorrow. “Living.. in muscle cars...their lives suspended”- all boxes checked in despair. But tyrants must eventually fall and now vaccines bring a glimmer of hope. Those are my most sincere Thanksgiving wishes this year...

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Yes, such a different Thanksgiving this year.
thank you for your words, Annette,
j.
Depicts the world we live in now until a vaccine saves the day! A lot of good people have put their lives at risk to help others. A sad situation I do wonder if Trump would have had a second term if covid didn't happen.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I think the reality series has run its course, and not sure if it would have been renewed or not.read more
The knock on effect of the virus. Huge damage to the economy and loss of jobs on a mammoth scale. Huge numbers of deaths and still there are the idiots who think it's all a conspiracy and that it's no worse than a dose of flu. Telling it like it is and it's going to get worse.

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, unfortunately, it will get worse before it gets better..didn't have to be this way.
j.
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MCS
sad fallout of this mutant virus....be safe my friend

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

you too, MCS,
j.
A bleak look at some of the casualties of Covid-19. So many people in the service industry are out of work. We just had more cruises canceled. I am not sure how the cruise lines can stay afloat....no pun intended. The servers, bartenders, housekeepers in restaurants and hotels have lost their jobs....and so many people have lost their lives. It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are the USA....we should be better than this. Lydi**

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

yes, we definitely should be better than this, Lydi, much better.
thank you for your words,read more
It’s hard accept what is happening and even harder to accept that people ignore it. We feel, see and write it just hoping one person will open their eyes, my friend-keep writing and we will keep hoping and of course I love this

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

one person, then another, then another, and then maybe.
thank you, Pat,
j.
I never cared that much for socializing so I can flourish in this environment. My old friend once said that I'd just write if they ever locked me away. But actually, I'm teaching from a computer. :)

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

I do miss the socializing, but I am also teaching from the computer...it's what we have to do right .. read more
I guess we can’t help writing about the misery of our country...it’s on our minds and ravaging our bodies; jobless and starving; what to do? Pray that Georgia wins two “Gold” seats! Fine poem, Jacob
Best, Betty

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you, Betty, we can only hope,
j.
Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

Yes Jacob but we’re allowed to be frightful too! Please read chapter 4 of my COOL JOE I think you�.. 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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