a means away from meaning

a means away from meaning

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

a means away from meaning



integrity
remains elusive
shoddy poet 
writes back door
lines that lurk 
with unsure consonants

respect
is a poet's Holy Grail
words
his journey

in the end
his assonance breeds self-contempt
he smiles unevenly as he is 

selling out 
for a name.


erin-cilberto
1/8/21

© 2022 jacob erin-cilberto


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Well, if writing should be my problem, I really don’t want it fixed
Thanks for this wonderful one again

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

thank you, hayzed,
appreciate your kind words,
j.
Your insight to what we feel is all about that in the second stanza. But hopefully we can all bolster each other's confidence. I'm still mulling over the ending. Selling out for a name. Hmmmm.

Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

some might write just to publish, to make a name for themselves...but the poetry is what is importan.. read more
William Michael Reeves

4 Days Ago

Ok. I think I know exactly what you mean. All my life I've written because I need to do it but never.. read more
Second stanza…I wanted it as mine, I felt myself in this one, wanting that respect that I always deny it mattering to me but it does, to a degree. Getting too old to care much anymore which may help my writing….LOL I couldn’t even type that with a straight face :D as always great writing my friend!

Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

Go ahead and take it....I'll just write another.
I appreciate you, Patricia...thank you...if .. read more
Patricia

5 Days Ago

well not by my calculations my friend!
The ole friend poetry becomes us and each time we sacrifice a part of self with it, let the tide swamp us and merge with it...becoming poetry is a sort of defiance in my opinion, a defiance against fate to live life and be...awesome piece dear Jacob :)

Posted 6 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

We do sacrifice each time...I am often afraid I don't have much left.
Thank you, dear Ruth..... read more
respect
is a poet's Holy Grail
words
his journey

I loved this part, This is intriguing....
This is so well written.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Days Ago

Thank you for your kind words, Kesch,
j.
Touching words, straight from a great poet's heart. What makes a poet tick? I'd say love for his art and that's what I feel deeply here.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Days Ago

the art has to mean everything to the poet. Thank you AJ
There is nothing quite like writing a line you know is good, with no reservations. Still, the temptation to submit less than our best because that last olive won't quite come out of the jar can be very strong.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

6 Days Ago

Yes, temptation pretty great just to churn out numbers rather than quality...
thank you, John.. read more
writing poetry or prose, stories
is a hard addiction to shake..
it's like a high a fixed drug everytime
we create a piece, and do we really
want to get rid of this addiction
I think not ..its like the air we breathe
we need it...

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I don't want to get rid of it...it might get rid of me...but I won't discard it as long as it is the.. read more
we are a pitiable lot dear Jacob to be afflicted with poetry:)

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

such a blessed affliction.
j.
Recognition, appreciation, love and respect....things a poet aspires for and craves. It's something beyond material and that burnishes a poet's divine soul.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I recognize and appreciate your poetry and your continued support, DIVYA....thank you for both.
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DIVYA

1 Week Ago

I'm blessed to be here, dear friend. You're most welcome and thank you so much always for your bey.. 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 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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