Charles Chaim Wax


A Sad Disaster Worthy to be Buried in Profound Silence


I sat inside Ruby’s Bar and Grill
facing the vast Atlantic
with the old guys
as the storm raged on
snow pummeling
the boardwalk
no seagulls in the sky
the pint of Thunderbird
empty
liquor store
a mile away
Ruby the owner
playing marathon Back
because the sounds soothed
his soul,
Suddenly I jumped up
and Joe Foley said,
“You’re a good man, Bernstein
getting us
another pint
in weather like this.”
I stared at Foley
eyes brimming with
with such profound hope
my heart melted in admiration.
Twenty minutes later
I returned with two pints,
one hidden in my back pocket
Bach still on
but louder than before.
We started sipping
well, swallowing really:
the first pint went fast
so I whipped out the second
Joe standing
proclaimed my name
Finally I moaned,
“I used to love Bach’s
Cello suites.”
“Is this gonna be about
Dentist Herman Swick? ” asked Elbert A. L’Hommedieu.
“The name’s Sicko.”
“The card you showed me said
Dentist Herman Swick.”
“Leave Bernstein, alone, ” said Joe Foley,
“the man’s a saint
close to it anyway.”
I smiled
went on:
“All he played was Suite number 1
performed by Rostropovich
hence I heard those heavenly notes
time and time again
after three visits I hated Bach
yet all my life I loved his sublime joy
and just because that Sicko
played it over and over
while the infernal drill
penetrated the soft tissues of
my cerebellum.”
“Enamel, ” said Elbert A. L’Hommedieu.
.“Always the brain, ” I moaned,
“always the brain—
with me.”

Submitted: Monday, November 07, 2005

Form:


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 Sad Disaster Worthy to be Buried in Profound Silence by Charles Chaim Wax )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie Daphne Grant (2/5/2007 4:50:00 PM)

    This has an American flavour. It has a setting like a story.There are 3 characters I think, so the writer of this story, 'Begining with the action, explain later' has the authenticity to write a short story.In fact I'd like to read one by him. I can see the Irony of the Title. (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. A Red, Red Rose, Robert Burns
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. If, Rudyard Kipling
  4. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India, Raja Basu
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Address To A Haggis, Robert Burns
  9. To A Mouse, Robert Burns
  10. My Love Is Like To Ice, Edmund Spenser

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

Adam Scrivener, if ever it thee befall
Boece or Troilus for to write anew,
Under thy long locks thou may'st have the scall
But after my making thou write more true!
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jean Toomer

 

New Poems

  1. Falsehood Of Man, Tony Adah
  2. Sunset, gajanan mishra
  3. Silent Spring, Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. This world, appiah japheth
  5. Nation Building, Tony Adah
  6. A Dance Is A Poem Gesturted Through, Bijay Kant Dubey
  7. Salvage, appiah japheth
  8. Sitting In The Park, Paul Gerard Reed
  9. I wish for peace and not war pieces, Juwon Daniel
  10. Life is more than anything else, gajanan mishra
[Hata Bildir]