Charles Wax

In Hopes of A Happier Life

Ever since Andrew Stern’s wife
left him for guy living
next door
he couldn’t shake the blues
well, eleven years of marriage
down the drain
so one day Henry F
trying to be helpful said,
“When my pet goldfish
Mr. Ben Brilliant
passed away I was thrown
into such agony
as few men have ever known
cause the joy his swimming around
gave me can’t be put into words
at least not my words
so I’ll just say watching
Mr. Ben Brilliant gave me delight—
joy, joy’s the word
and such a golden orange he was
to dazzle the eye
for two days he floated
on the surface of the water
finally my dear wife said,
‘Enough. He’s garbage.’
I was taken aback
by her cruelty.
I said, ‘Mr. Ben Brilliant is getting
a proper burial.’
so at once I went to
the Yellow pages
and looked up Pet Cemeteries
closest one being in Huntington, Long Island
I dialed
then heard the toilet flush
such a sound the human mind
cannot imagine
so to make a long story short
I sunk into a catatonic coma
for three days
and three nights
the great Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
told me what to do in a dream
and I did it
straight-away racing
to the pet store
and bought a Mr. Ben Brilliant Jr.”
“The point, ” moaned Andrew Stern,
my wife ain’t a goldfish.”
“Uh, well,
I was getting to that
quoting the Rebbe now:
‘It is a great achievement to be happy! ’”

Submitted: Monday, February 02, 2009

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  • Rookie Tai Chi Italy (2/2/2009 7:02:00 PM)

    lol I have had the worst day in the whole year today, but I knew you would make me laugh out loud...Jesus says, the neighbours are thick in your bowl of cherry pie charles...that toilet flushing, almost made me blush or should that be rush to the bathroom? lol Yes it is a hard achievement to be happy, moment such as you provide in your prose and superb characterisations, seem effortless to moi, young for a writer! yippee...see? Tai is easily happy too. smiling at you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 351 Points Patti Masterman (2/2/2009 5:10:00 PM)

    I really love this; particularly 'then heard the toilet flush'.
    You certainly have a way with words, and it's wonderful how
    you people your stories with such unforgettable characters. (Report) Reply

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