Prophetic Outlook

By Ernest Hilbert b. 1970 Ernest Hilbert
Crooks run the whole world, and the Dow just fell.
Crap rules the airwaves. All your best plans stall.
The air is dirty, and you don’t feel well.
Your wife won’t listen. Friends no longer call.
Sad songs from youth no longer cast a spell.
Cancer research has run into a wall.
Some inflated hack just won the Nobel.
You witness clear signs of decline and fall.
The neighbors are cold, and your house won’t sell.
Your cat has bad teeth. Your paychecks feel small.
Maybe you’re really sick. It’s hard to tell.
Up ahead, traffic has slowed to a crawl.
The world didn’t just start going to hell.
You just noticed for the first time, that’s all.

Ernest Hilbert, “Prophetic Outlook” from Sixty Sonnets. Copyright © 2009 by Ernest Hilbert. Reprinted by permission of Red Hen Press.

Source: Sixty Sonnets (Red Hen Press, 2009)

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Poet Ernest Hilbert b. 1970

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

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Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, poet, critic, and editor Ernest Hilbert received a BA from Rutgers University and a PhD in English literature from St. Catherine’s College of Oxford University, where he studied with James Fenton and Jon Stallworthy.
In his debut collection, Sixty Sonnets (2009), Hilbert establishes a variation on the sonnet form, employing an intricate rhyme scheme and varied line . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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