In the end, just a synonym

In the end, just a synonym

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

In the end, just a synonym

 

 

 

aloof poets

fancy schmancy magazines

with brilliant reviews

almost in English that is understandable

 

oh those metaphors packed into one line

enough for three poems at once

digestible if there are days before

reading the next indention of

excruciating effort

 

aloof poets

acrobats performing

high wire acts

way above the heads

of the simple patrons

who pay extravagant prices

to secure these New Yorker privileges 

of membership

 

oh, and the Such and Such review

sits on a shining shelf

of comfort

My work consorts with the other geniuses 

who write up to our standards

 

put me in your anthology

and I will triple its worth

after all I am one of the

aloof poets

and I dream,

I dream

 

of only myself

and the critical acclaim

achieved

when they publish me

 

as The Collected Works

of the Aloof Poet

who gave his life to his craft

and sold his pen to the devil

to frame his fame 

on the pages

of his indifferent life.

 

 

erin-cilberto

12/30/21 

© 2022 jacob erin-cilberto


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There's so much that goes above my head too. All that brilliance is sometimes lost on me. I wonder how I can even call myself a poet, that too in English. I enjoyed read this poem. It's so relatable.

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

But you are a poet, DIVYA...you have Feeling in your work...it makes us feel.
some poetry is .. read more
So I remember once you said why is no one reviewing my work. And I got a few views and reviews afterwards. That alone was a huge pat to my belief in this art. Lovely…. Boss

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

I am glad you got some attention...many good poets have work that sits unattended by others...maybe .. read more
I loved that last stanza a lot, this is so good
brilliant words here Jacob.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Days Ago

thank you for the kind words, Kesch,
j.
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dear Jacob... I like the comment below... that we all like a "Feather for our Hats". To be a Poet.. we have to dance on our toes... amongst the flowers. Living in a World with Variants... is a time for reflection. A collection of music from one Artist... and Time will tell. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I have crooked toes from too much dancing.
thank you, dear Pat.
j.
Patricia Wedel

1 Week Ago

It seems.. I saw you on "Dancing with the Stars"...
You were the Tall Guy who wore Black wi.. read more
Amazing write here, love that last stanza,

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Unspoken,
j.
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Ada
Ah the politics of poeting...i had to laugh...weve seen good poets remain under the radar and bad ones make it simply because they can afford publishing fees or because of who they know...daunting...nice sarcasm resonates throughout this piece...

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

so true, Ada, so true.
Thank you for your insightful comments.
j.
Recognition shouldn't be a dirty word. At times we need it to keep us on track, to keep going when the pathway is blocked by falling rocks. Money isn't everything, but a few trophy words can sure lift the spirits when the going gets tough.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

that they can, Chris...that they can.
Thank you for your words,
j.
The balance between playing to an audience and honesty to yourself is a juggling act. And many artists do sell out for the money. Sad but true my friend.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

and really the poetry is what is important, not the Poet.
j.
at one time or another we all want recognition for our feats ... perhaps a feather for our hats ... or a bragging point
then without direct involvement the haze of confused need breaks clear
letting the breath of creation stand foremost
i comprender sir poet i comprender

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Yes, spot on, ABG...I think sometimes we need the recognition just to feel we are decent.
j.
I’m just an average writer trying to hook a reader to review before it fades into obscurity and I do like this write not sure what it really means but it has a Tabasco flavour.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

ah yes, please pass those Buffalo Wings.
thank you, andrew
j.

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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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