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A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

required reading



I tried to get on the road again, 

but the old car just wouldn't start,

I wanted to chase after the Great Whale,

but got seasick just out of port,

wanted to contemplate what the sound and

the fury was all about,

but got lost in the stream of consciousness

attempted to recall the alphabet from memory

but couldn't get past the Scarlet "A"---

even though the letter was burned into 

my reluctant intellect back when

high school had witch trials for naughty

students of female persuasion,

we all suffered Crime and Punishment

although I only suffered through

fifty pages of the torture,

and then I met Holden Caulfield

and his "for Chrissakes sister"

knew I had met a best friend for life

and years later

far from my youth,

entering my Twilight years,

I found him again

for a delightful reunion,

as he was my dream "Catcher in the Rye"


and I, his page boy, key grip


someone I could rest still 

long enough to reread

while thinking of a sister


far away,

one I could never catch.





© 2022 jacob erin-cilberto

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Added on August 9, 2022
Last Updated on August 9, 2022


jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

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..