February 8, 2024
Review of Eric Aguilar's poem, "Patchwork"
My riches are for the generations after me, quilt-patching legacy in poetic masterpieces.
With wrinkle and crease, furrow and crumple,
couplets in subject fall, naïve to styles a'wit.
But, also is the time orbital with stint and span.
The days of infinity scape endless trails
and I scribe them down, in responsibility.
Who am I, to not script the record of
a moment's notice?
Let the bells ring as vocabulary chimes
and resonates an innately potent fragrance.
The text of this duration in course with capsule,
and I surely will write of the day so signed.
It is to say, by jacket of attire and scar of character
that truth show age; weathered with tears of beauty.
If you knew how many times this ink was pounded down
before you saw its inscription, the eyes would read the soul.
© Eric Aguilar
The poet expresses in deepest sense, responsibility toward future generations, emphasizing a significance of leaving behind a poetic legacy. The imagery of "quilt-patching legacy" suggests a deliberate and intricate construction of this poetic inheritance, reflecting care and thoughtfulness, his approach to his craft of writing.
Eric's poem skillfully employs vivid imagery, his artistic expression through phases such as "wrinkle and crease, furrow and crumple" and "vocabulary chimes", creating a sensory experience for the reader. His use of personification, as read in "Let the bells ring as vocabulary chimes", adds a musical quality to his poem, enhancing its lyrical appeal.
In Eric's reflection of intervals and truth, he contemplates time as "orbital with a stint and span", his acknowledgement of truth showing through the "scar of character", conveying a profound understanding of the passage of time and the impact it leaves on both individuals and their creations.
He concludes with quite the powerful reflection on the depth of the poet's commitment to the craft of writing, as evidenced by the line, "If you knew how many times this ink was pounded down/Before you saw its inscription, the eyes would read the soul." - This evocative statement alone, emphasizes on the labor and emotional investment that underlies the creation of each of his poetic works he pens.
My overall impression of "Patchwork" is quite a thought-provoking and introspective poem, inviting readers to contemplate enduring significance of art, the passage of time and the essence of truth. Eric's skillful use of imagery and language (vocabulary), creates a rich tapestry of emotions, making his poem quite the compelling and resonant piece of literature.
Annette Nasser Founder/EIC ILA Magazine