Charles Wax


A Capacity for Limitless Serenity


Matilda Halbert pushed into Meng’s
at exactly five in the afternoon
with her red shopping cart
empty except for cardboard
covering the bottom making it perfectly flat.
Not tall to begin with her bent back
created a wee woman in her early seventies
without a spot of gray in her auburn hair.
Each day like clockwork
white rice floated into the cart.
At times, wonton soup, that mostly in winter.
We spoke
mostly about the weather
and especially about wind
which she didn’t like because gusts jostled her
making breathing difficult
If married, no ring,
perhaps the husband long dead
and if she bore children, no word of them.
Our brief conversations stayed put at the counter
as Matilda never dined in Meng’s
but through the timbre of her voice
I understood utter contentment.
The red cart the white rice
protecting her
and wonton soup
a bit of bliss
on winter
nights.

Submitted: Monday, February 09, 2009

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Capacity for Limitless Serenity by Charles Wax )

Enter the verification code :

  • Tai Chi Italy (2/9/2009 9:52:00 AM)

    Seems Matilda is her own woman here Charles, not wife, nor mother, just a woman who appreciates the serenity of simply living. Loved it. Smiling at you, Tai (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. George Crowley Bush, Richard Thripp
  2. Tragic Dream, Electric Lady
  3. Fading Away, Tara Stano
  4. Reasons of existence, Mohammad Siddiqui
  5. Parents' attachment., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  6. Beloved is giver of light, Mohammad Siddiqui
  7. In Silence, Lilly Emery
  8. The difference between you and I., Lauren Harper
  9. Aag Bun Kar Kisi Din Dehak Jao Na, Akhtar Jawad
  10. Life, Mohammad Siddiqui

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]