5 Months of Sorrow

5 Months of Sorrow

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months of Sorrow

 

 

April barks in session

the water bowl overflowing

from the flood spasms

 

May flies overhead

teasing with catlike claws

the branches of maples extending

 

June is the third month

the cellular signal of summer

breathing with heavy draft

 

humid exposure

of painted beauty

sitting for a July portrait

 

in August mood

she is the calendar

dates circled, an anniversary

 

love is her tears

in a bouquet

too many years

 

to cry away the pain.

 

 

erin-cilberto

4/16/2021

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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OMG! what a piece Mr. J! the emptiness, the dryness, the deep deep ache and sorrow, the pain that muted because it's overwhelming. outstanding, marvelous, great piece!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your very kind review, lightsong.
j.
five months only??? ;) how pain and loss can effect even the outlook on Spring and Summer months .. instead of hope springing eternal it serves as a reminder of some other major devastating blow .. instead of lazy, hazy daze of summer it is a pall of loss .. my wife and mother of our children passed away at the age of 30 after six short weeks of a cancer diagnosis. It isn't something I mark on my calendar ... neither do our children; but a very certain sadness befalls me when October starts to roll around .. the mood sets heavier and heavier and then I realize ... "oh! this is when Jessie died" ... "5 Months of Sorrow" .,,.so specific! August marking that day ... closing is so poignant .. we are introduced to a person who was connected a long time to your speaker ... "love is her tears" .. strong sense of a nurturing Mother for me .. Mother's suffer many tears ... those who do love their families ... they sacrifice and carry tears silently and present bouquets of joy and magic to those around them .. those that love do ... "too many years to cry away the pain" ... time to truly move on perhaps .. a soul stuck loving so much they can't move on ... i'll be thinking on this one jacob ... i love the sad perspective taken ... without the title .. would be a rosy walk with Mother Nature ... perhaps it is she that has been crying over much .. watering her bouquets with weary repetition .. hmmmmmmmmm strong emotions in this for me .. powerful images and creative unique personifications says i .. a very new twist on ageless Time and sorrow.
E.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

I am so sorry you lost her at such a young age...Cancer is so mean, so cold...no regard to those who.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Weeks Ago

cancer is just such a beast .. no doubt .. as is the reaper eh!? cold and dispassionate :(
A very touching Poem for your Best Gal...
who perhaps brought you into the Light....
forever in your Heart. "A painted Beauty sitting for a July Portrait".
May your Memories be of every month of every year. tenderly, Pat

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you, Pat...
i think a few different people inspired this.
j.
Patricia Wedel

2 Weeks Ago

I thought of the song, "Calendar Girl" and I suppose that might be acceptable in a Poetic Way. gent.. read more
oh my, i cannot describe how beautifully poignant this is,
the unique breathtaking imagery just mesmerizes the reader...
your quill never fails to amaze, jacob

thank you for sharing :)

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your really kind review, ms. barrie.
j.
Wow, this is so powerful, very nicely written and said

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kindness,
j.
This piece has such a force.
Seems alive.
Nicely done.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you, Melinda, for your kind words,
j.
Dear J, you have changed your avatar to times gone by. It is Vermont and your mum in this family photo. These lines have a real maternal feel to them. There must be an anniversary, there are also alot of tears here. We never get over the loss of a parent do we?

Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

and me and sister in front row....:)
thank you for your understanding words,
j.
I am surprised by the ending of this lovely poem; a sort of tormenting ending of pain looking back at all those years together. We don't know what causes the pain, but it was apparent; Until the end, smooth, flowing disruptions of the months that pass us by until....
Great! I love surprise endings. Best to you,B
PS I'm going to put one up very soon with a surprise ending....maybe for mature audiences only!!!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your kind review, Betty,
j.
This is eerily haunting, as if waiting for the next shoe to drop. Waiting to see what kind of anniversary this might be. It's brilliant the way you turn this message inside-out . . . what were high points (painted in delicious watercolors) have become the torture, when looked back upon, after a breakup/loss/catastrophe (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your very kind review, Margie,
j.
I loved how you used the language Jacob.
"humid exposure
of painted beauty
sitting for a July portrait"
The above lines were my favorite. You allowed the reader to feel your words and your thoughts. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

You are welcome Jacob.

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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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