Guilty

Guilty

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

Guilty


awry spontaneity 
blacklisted, 
the pen sabotaged

unaccepted advances
towards poetic lines
we drove there easily
once

the ink won its battle in court
and the poet courted his verse
tried and true and familiar

now strangers sit on the jury
no peer poets to vote
just maladjusted critics

he curls up in a ball of anonymity
and throws himself
into the receptacle
along with his poems.


erin-cilberto
6/18/24

© 2024 jacob erin-cilberto


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Can a Poet be Quilty of feeling Blue when the Sky has clouds of Doubt...
We love to share our Romantic Rendezvous... and remove the shadows surrounding Summer solitude...wishing you a Healthy Barbecue on the Fourth of July, 2024. God bless America as Fireworks blend Colors of Ecstasy... Delicately, Pat

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

I actually did have barbecue, but since I could not go out with my walker...I had Mrs. Callender's m.. read more
I often wonder if it is the name of the poet or the work she/he creates that win the laurels, jacob?! You balance your craft, neither judging self nor your reviewers. Takes true ability, courage, sanity and a sense of humour to do that, sir!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

for some writers, the name...like Stephen King...people might read anything he churns out because it.. read more
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Gee
It is often our least "liked" pieces that are the ones others find most appealing, strange eh. Have had a bit of a pasting on here over the last week or so but it will not deter me from throwing stuff out there to be read and judged.
Hope you are keeping well Jacob

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

I have the same feeling...that happens to me too often...stuff I almost throw out gets the best reac.. read more
Gee

2 Weeks Ago

Hope you are mended soon Jacob. Take care
The first stanza sets the scene. A stacked jury and worse still I venture to say we ourselves serve on this jury judging ourselves guilty before we even start. How often we are our own harshest critic. Sometimes our poems judged upon misinterpretations. I particularly like the last stanza
"he curls up in a ball of anonymity
and throws himself
into the receptacle
along with his poems."
There was a time long ago that I wrote poems for others but now conformed to anonymity I write for myself. I still publish them more out of curiosity as to what others think than anything else. Another one of your wonderful posts Jacob.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Weeks Ago

when I first wrote poems it was survival for me...had to....now they just come as they please...I ha.. read more
Soren

2 Weeks Ago

That conduit is the real poet Jacob
When I start to write a poem that everyone but me would love, I find all sorts of reasons it is not worthy. Still, we continue to write and post on the internet....where strangers judge our words. Where we reveal a bit of ourselves between the lines. We are vulnerable to the reader. Somehow, that is okay with me. Lydi**

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

and where we often find out the poems are better than we thought...we cannot judge our own work, we .. read more
Ameri Baraka said of Whitman and Ginsberg "that just placing yourself out there naked with nothing to shield you from the pain of loneliness or obscurity makes you, beloved, always the guilty one". Innocent poets don't take the 5th. They agree to the receptacle of all sharp and dangerous things. dana.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Amiri is one of my favorite poets...

One of the first Beats I read. Thank you for you.. read more
I feel guilty and awry with my poems sometimes, too. Good to read about this guy, though, Jacob.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your kind words, Andrew,
j.
We are our own worst critics and it is hard when someone rejects our work. We put our blood and souls into our poems and it hurts when we are told they aren’t good enough. But we always come back to the paper with pen in hand

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Once I sent to a magazine and got this wonderful reply to my work...it was hand written and in quota.. read more
Reminds me of Trump and his cover ups, sexual endeavors.
He surely courted them with money and power.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Yeah, what a nice guy eh? and he will probably be our next president...the oval office might be a ja.. read more
Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

Hehehe! You are welcome sir Jacob.

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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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