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A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

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tepid blues
lukewarm clarinet
notes bubble slightly
channeled
she sings with purple lips
glowing in the bar's fading light

the melody so uncomfortable
her tears a melancholy reproach
the old lover who made her voice break
She is stronger now, but a sad sax
reads her heart
she can only hide behind the words tonight

tomorrow, she will wake with a tune in her head
but the inspiration to sound the feelings in her heart

will have played its last performance
to a standing ovation.


erin-cilberto
7/724

© 2024 jacob erin-cilberto


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Has a Peggy Lee sound to it, this one. Yes, it's always that old lover who did her wrong in the end, the one she can't let go of emotionally. The last lines of this one, however, indicate it's the dude's last performance. Good for her.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Peggy Lee was one of a kind...thank you, John,
j.
Jacob,
I don't care if the clarinet is luke warm, cool, or chili pepper hot, it gets me... carries me away to where that chick with purple lips is doing harmony with a sax... all in a smokey room with a little bourbon in short glass... it gets no better...
You took me there...
Vol

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Vol...I was hoping I could do that.
j.
Here the metaphor rings out playing its tune in those same tepid blues. It pulls at the emotions and that is why I enjoy your poems so much. They speak to the feels. This poem deserves more reads Jacob.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

The comments I have gotten from you three let me know something worked here...thank you, Soren,
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Added on July 8, 2024
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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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