Be like us

Be like us

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Be like us

 

 

I escape into a world of

invisible ink sprouting wings

and legalizing

the eagle eying its prey,

another nation sworn to our Liberty....

 

she is heavy, she's my sister

and everyone has to get along with her

like her, be for her as

she raises her hand on Ellis Island

 

and points to another country

to which we must fly...

the prey waiting with unease

 

they don't know how to greet us

since they didn't invite us

guests who overstay

 

converse in persuasive tone

add up the casualties

 

get on the plane

and wave at what we did

like a relative who thinks 

we have rewoven the quilt

of another nation,

 

so we can hang the result

on our wall

pretending it is art.

 

 

erin-cilberto

8/6/22

© 2022 jacob erin-cilberto


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The Tragedy of a Nation who allowed a handful of self-centered Bureaucrats to destroy a Country that was for “we the People”. Greed was the Deed. Now our Borders are crossed by Criminals of every Persuasion… leaving Broken Promises to be buried on Boot Hill..

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Yes, greed and party lines drawn, immovable...
very sad...Boot Hill has no more room,
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Patricia Wedel

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True… no more room. “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily. The Nest of a former Preside.. read more



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i got this one jacob! amazing insight!
i've been of the opinion for a while now that America is imploding & most of its citizens don't even realise it..... they're too busy kissing & stroking their guns.
have a good weekend.
cheerio carola

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

a lot of them are doing that, Carola,
thank you for your kind words,
j.
Emptiness to the empty art of success and make believe idols that humankind strives to find it's emptiness in lies that were taught to be truths🌹

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

it would be a great day to get and sit with you and discuss humanity and the lack of it in our world.. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

1 Month Ago

Oh that would be just wonderful 🌹who knows maybe it shall be now that travel is less restricted�.. read more
The U.S is the greatest country, but yes, we do have some destruction in our wake. If the fathers of our country could see what we've become I wonder what they would think.

Another compelling write, J.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I think they just might shed some tears, Tim...I really do.
thank you for your comment,
.. read more
The Tragedy of a Nation who allowed a handful of self-centered Bureaucrats to destroy a Country that was for “we the People”. Greed was the Deed. Now our Borders are crossed by Criminals of every Persuasion… leaving Broken Promises to be buried on Boot Hill..

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Yes, greed and party lines drawn, immovable...
very sad...Boot Hill has no more room,
.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

True… no more room. “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily. The Nest of a former Preside.. read more
A very controversial write.....kudos to you for creating something that can really get people talking.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, light,
j.
light and ashes

1 Month Ago

You're welcome
‘So we can the result on our wall, pretending it is art’.

This is such a profound, well written poetic piece. You do well to describe the wavering and bumpiness of our nation in such a wonderful sounding poem that grasps for your attention throughout the the whole thing. That last line, to me, is just particularly breathtaking. It works so well in the context and is wonderful just on its own. Thank you for sharing.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind review, Vertigo,
j.
The French had great hopes for the United States as made evident by their gift. It was also made evident by their citizens and navy pulling our bacon out of the fire more than once. America owes a greater debt to France than any other nation. Benjamin Franklin was well aware of that fact. But the United States has as many skeletons in her closet as any other nation, perhaps more. The great American genocide and the obliteration of entire peoples and cultures, for example. I like the trilogy song John Kay wrote about the USA, "Monster Suicide, America." I also liked the book Pulitzer Prize winning author Stay Schiff wrote, "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the American Revolution." I think many countries envy America for various reasons but many of those may be misguided. This was an interesting write, Jacob. I enjoyed the read.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Yes, "Monster" ....I show that video to my classes as one of the profound protest songs of the sixti.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

I love Kay and Steppenwolf. But I'm not crazy about Magic Carpet Ride or Born to be Wild. Their best.. read more
What a poetic and profound statement on war and the US trying to police the world

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Dale...I wish we could police ourselves better,
j.

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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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