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Sheet Music

Sheet Music

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Sheet Music
singing fathers,
drown out children
with little or no voice
cringing in the corner of the orchestra pit
at the feet of parents
cowering
the drunk actors on stage
dialogue of cursing, spitting
the curtain falls
those small fry
caught in a net of astonishment
"Are we not supposed to be loved?"
Big fish, scaly cats
ripping skin
hearts belched out with a groan
the song is a vomitous rage
Child services is the choir
singing acappela 
pleading stars remorse in the play
booed into prison
a marginal review
they are all fired
the musical scratched
those children find enough voice
to laugh
and laugh...
erin-cilberto
12/10/21

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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It's a sad social commentary on the state of mental health in our nation when it isn't just guns and drugs and pedophiles we have to protect the children from but also from those charged with the duty of their protection and growth. A moving write.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you, Fabian,
j.
A moving poem love the metaphor (pleural) and the tragedy of child abuse and even worse the satanic ritual abuse of children which is coming out now I’m so shocked at

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

so much of it...sickening...
thank you for your compassionate words, Julie,
j.
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

4 Weeks Ago

Thanks that’s ok 👍 have a merry Xmas 🤶
It is brutally sad when parents are abusive to children...or to each other. Children carry the scars throughout their lives even if they do learn to laugh again. Child services can only do so much. Written with such compassion. Wonderful. Lydi**

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

Child abuse in my book, is worse than murder...but it is a kind of murder,
thank you for your.. read more
Oh, wow, is this ever an emotionally poignant write......
It's nice to know that the children got to have the last laugh.
Those children deserve to laugh.
100

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

they certainly do, light.
thank you,
j.
light and ashes

4 Weeks Ago

You're welcome.
Such a painful subject and one that NEVER is given enough light. I thank you for shedding some here. People want to sweep these issues under the rug, hide them in closets as to not distress their tiny minds and we should not let them. As writers it is our responsibility, I believe. Excellent writing my friend!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you for your thoughtful and understanding review, Patricia,
j.
Patricia

4 Weeks Ago

You’re welcome
Such a ton of meaning behind those words. Reminded me of listening to arguments between parents while huddled in the bedroom. Actors acting their act. Captive audience captivated by the captured tragedy. Captured in our memories. And I like the uplifting end. There is a voice of assistance ready to help if the children can just get to it. Or it get to them. This is very poignant.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

And they think we don't hear them...
thanks for your words, Bill,
j.
Using the theater as symbolic of abusive homes is very appropriate, for such homes feature ongoing scenes of drama. Sometimes the children of these situations turn out all right, as the poem suggests. On the other hand, sometimes they become serial killers.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you for your insightful review, John,
j.
Children have little or no say in what happens to them. There are alot of truly awful parents around. It is a sad situation that some children have to endure such circumstances. As for child services, they don't always get it right and children can suffer even more as a result of their involvement. We have had some horrendous cases over here as a result of lockdowns.

Chris

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

Yes, I can imagine...with the lockdowns.
thank you, Chris,
j.
Decent post! Its truly fascinating. The thoughts were acceptable and supportive to us. Assignment Writing Services uk


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

thank you.
“Pleading Stars remorse in the play”…, there is so much Insanity.. orchestrated .. by inviting everyone to come through our borders… then taken to different States … using our Tax money… still streaming in… a Nightmare,,. Prophesy unfolding .. the Children are our Treasure… We Cling to the Rock of Ages.., gently, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

Yes, we do cling....
so much is going wrong in America for the last several years...a country.. 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 a community college and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. I am here to read for inspiration from other po.. more..

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