Mispronouncing the American Way

Mispronouncing the American Way

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Mispronouncing the American Way


my God,
he misunderstood
that damn homonym

he thought "insight"
was spelled "incite"

and then defined it
in his own terms
but he never spelled no good.


erin-cilberto
1/7/2021

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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I like teachers. I like people to fix my language. Hello Jacob. Some folks can change the language. I know I need a editor. Happy Saturday and thank you for sharing the entertaining poetry.
Coyote


Posted 1 Month Ago


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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

appreciate your words, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

You are welcome Jacob.



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I am hoping that yesterday's event is not a precursor of things to come ... but why is anyone surprised?
This has been four years in the making.

I must ask though ... where were the burning police cars? What stores were looted? Was the downtown of DC occupied by a radical group claiming it as their own country?

The outrage seems to be that protestors actually entered the "People's House" ... not the blackest day in American history ... far from it, but the outlandish rhetoric would make one believe the Brits had stormed the White House as they did in 1814.

It doesn't take much bombast to convince people who believe they are disenfranchised to march against what they perceive is tyranny ... it's in the DNA of the country after all.

It's a good poem j. Sorry that it took me in that direction, but there will be no healing or righting of wrongs until both sides cease their mindless blather and start working for the betterment of all.

Take care ... be safe


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Ted, never a need to apologize for your views on anything, especially a poem...the read to each of u.. read more
Ted Kniffen

1 Month Ago

Hi j.
I'm afraid that if Paul were to attempt that midnight ride now PETA would be j.. read more
well done Jacob, exactly...INCITE is the WORD!! And boy did it ever come to fruition...who ever thought...we knew "he" was sick, but.....very horrific, almost unbelievable!!!
Yours, Betty

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

it is a sad fact....he is not all there.
but unfortunately he is all here at the moment.
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Betty Hermelee

1 Month Ago

And we must be vigilant too, cause he’s a maniac!
On his own terms...defines him so well. Ego had much to do with what transpired I feel and I loved the play of words here on an absolutely dumbfounding event yesterday.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, DIVYA, I had to try to find a bit of humor or I would just cry.
j.
Here we are in a country that does not resemble the USA anymore. What happened yesterday...sedition, insurrection, treason.....was certainly incited by Mr. Trump. I am appalled. Your words are so appropriate, dear Jacob. Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

That man needs to spend the rest of his life in prison...watching reruns of his damn show The Appren.. read more
Lydia Shutter

1 Month Ago

YES! I can picture this.
Opening up a hornet's nest... we will need to cauterize the wound ...
very astute poetry. Amen


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

it is an awfully huge wound, for sure.
thank you, Pat,
j.
Oh my, how clever this piece is and how very apt. Incite indeed. That's just what happened, inciting a crowd. Absolute madness.


Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your understanding words, Chris,
j.
Slight tangent here, but the first thing that struck me in WritersCafe, is how different American and English spelling is. I felt like I was getting it wrong with colour, favour, savour, realise, recognise etc. and I struggled to use the word color, even though I should have because the poet has named his poem thus.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Helen.
we seem to have a leader with little insight but much incite.
and I .. read more
Helen

1 Month Ago

Ah, I get the poem now! I love the phrase 'leaning with liking'. Will borrow that from time to time .. read more
Bryan Sefton

1 Month Ago

I too, being a Brit didn't connect until I read the reviews then I felt stupid because I'd been watc.. 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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