Retiring

Retiring

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Retiring

 

 

little shops and eateries

pizza by the slice,

Haight Ashbury T-shirts

roaming far from San Francisco street corners

 

a Southern Illinois town ripe

with growing anger

little shops of horrors

with broken windows

 

a movement shot through the heart

in the bodies of four Kent State students

gunned down, their corpses lay 

in tatters

left in warning

 

the eyes of a distempered, rabid

student body

frothing at the mouth

its paws, a clawed mess of chaotic razors

 

slitting the throat

of an established Uncle

who just keeps 

drafting

but it is not his body

turning cold

 

it is not youth burned up in friendly fire

pizza's free now

no one wants the shirts anymore

everyone is moving South

 

Florida is warm enough without the burning streets

the beaches have soft sand

and the movement

has a nice place to drown

its body never to resurface.

 

 

erin-cilberto

7/29/21

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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Retiring, the protestor of the sixties has had enough. I know I have. I look at the mess the chaos of today and want to stay away from it. I want peace and flowers in my old age. The battles aren't for us, they are for the younger generations. Let them take up the fight. I am going to sit in my chair and eat cake. Wanna join me? Excellent write J.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Enough room for three on my garden seat in the midst of summer flora, sweet smelling and smiling.:)
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Could I have one of those Umbrella drinks?
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

:))..... Of course....



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There is much turmoil in the world today as there has been in the past. While I wasn’t born in the 50s or 60s when the fight for equality really got fired up.

Things that have happened over the last two years are shocking and sad overloading my brain. I don’t watch much news because it overwhelming me.

I tend to want quiet and peace. I have anxiety and I turn things off that overload my mind, especially ones I can’t control.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I have quit watching much news, myself. I had been glued to it for a year and a half...but nothing c.. read more
Poetic Beauty

1 Month Ago

No but unfortunately it seems as if it’s repeating itself
Must admit, when I was young, I thought the domino theory was actually about dominoes.
Still, sometimes you need a little war, you know, just to boost morale, get the President out of a jam.
In Britain, we had never heard of the Falkland Islands, didn't know it existed, didn't know it was British, but Thatcher's popularity was waning, so Argentina was tasked with getting her brownie points and re-elected.
Powerful poem, this one.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I guess that is the way it works...unfortunately....thank you for your insights, Paul....Appreciate .. read more
so nostalgic and a melancholy grieving ... even Abbey Hoffman put on a suit, jacob ... and passed away from the proverbial "establishment heart attack" :( people remember .. even in the cush sands of florida .. i think it was the draft that fueled that fire ... being conscripted to fight in a War we never declared .. daily body counts numbed even Ma and Pa ... and some politicians ... a mistake from the start, mismanaged and then left with unfulfilled promises of arms and left the South fallen fruit that were trampled underfoot. Sad case all around Thank the Lord sentiments swing towards giving our Soldiers and proper welcome home ... finally .. and respect they all deserve. Afghanistan ... our involvement and pullout much the same ... such a travesty says i!
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this one, E.
yes, "a mistake from the start"--
.. read more
Wow I’ve been wondering if to say to this. Honestly I’ve read a bit of my country’s history and I recently witnessed action being taken by the youth. But you’d be surprised that at a point when the birds with bullets were flying towards the ground of the protest, the big powers called their wards off the ground and a massacre was delivered. Now it’s back to square zero


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for sharing, hayzed...powerful stuff going on in other places...why can't we just live and.. read more
Retiring, the protestor of the sixties has had enough. I know I have. I look at the mess the chaos of today and want to stay away from it. I want peace and flowers in my old age. The battles aren't for us, they are for the younger generations. Let them take up the fight. I am going to sit in my chair and eat cake. Wanna join me? Excellent write J.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Enough room for three on my garden seat in the midst of summer flora, sweet smelling and smiling.:)
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Could I have one of those Umbrella drinks?
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

:))..... Of course....
This took a dark turn I didn't expect, but I absolutely love how you pulled this off. The last two stanzas were incredible and chilling. The strength and truth here were intense, and each sentence was perfectly flowing. Maybe, one day we can find a way to fix this chaos, but until then, we have to keep trying and writing- getting the word out about it so future generations won't repeat these mistakes. Thank you for sharing!

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I hope we can, Colacat...I hope the new generation will want to.
I appreciate your words, read more
The youth of yesterday have tired of the fight with no clear objective. It is time to bow out and retire from the fray.
I often wonder, if this generation starts fires to be mesmerized by the colors and light of the flame, not realizing it was their own home they burned down until they are shifting through the ashes.
As for me, I'll watch the madness from my window across the Gulf. I prefer my blazes to be the sunset variety.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your insightful words, Jaycee.
So good to see you around again.
j.
It is so strange that the moments you describe in your poem are forgotten by the participants in them. How we continue to relive them in history because we fail to learn from them. The memories of the many young people of color who fought in Vietnam and died for these freedoms we had as well as the protesters in Kent State University. So that people who lived those eras can walk around the Florida beaches with tie dye shirts completely forgetting those sacrifices and becoming the thing they hated the most...their parents and the indifferent ideology and false beliefs America was great back then. That's a tragic poem unto itself. Thanks for your thought provoking work here, Jacob.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I remember Kent State so well, and how it affected us here at SIU...it was a tense couple weeks...read more
Innocence is no longer considered a virtue when hatred is Rampant … the early morning Sun rises and smiles… but at the end of the day the Sun sets with a frown…. The fires of anger and discontent destroy the vision of goodwill and prosperity. The Spirit of many people still
Linger as they plant Seeds of Opportunity while our Leaders are hypnotized by Evil… is Prayer a Venue to Stake our Claim…. tenderly, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

you are so poetic, Pat..."the Sun sets with a frown" meaning nature's son, and Mother Nature's son... read more
Jacob, you took the reader to many places and many thoughts. In our mind, if we live a long life. We have seen and learn many things. Are we wiser? Florida, too hot for me. I will stay in my Michigan. Thank you for sharing your amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I have a dear friend here who is from Detroit.
thank you for your words, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Was my pleasure and you are welcome Jacob.

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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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