Charles Chaim Wax


Roaming The Rolling Hills - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

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of Western New York State
with my big 8x10 Toyo view camera
I poked around for beauty.
One day by a small river
I lifted a rotting black walnut
from the ground
white worms wiggled inside
the dark brown nut-meat
and I cradled this minute universe
in the palm of my hand
meant nothing to them
jiggled as before
not faster or slower
but steadily going about
the business of eating:
white star worms in the blackness of space.
Later driving along Route 15
in the dim twilight
the stars happened again
when an insect
smacked into my windshield and exploded
into a phosphorescent green point.
I drove on.
A second green illumination
then another
soon the glass pulsated
with infinite green lit up specks
well, not really,
but more than I could count
then pulled to the shoulder of the road.
Insects no longer alive
glowed with residual chemistry:
the gentle radiance of green stars.
Finally authentic darkness descended
and I headed to the Anais Dairy in Avon
for a cup of cinnamon ice-cream
store still open
ordered two scoops
sat by the side of that country road
and scanned the expanse of heaven:
stars without metaphor.


Comments about Roaming The Rolling Hills by Charles Chaim Wax

  • Rookie Hugh Cobb (12/13/2005 9:40:00 PM)

    Charles, this is an excellent piece. I was along for the ride all the way. I get how the pictures add up moment to moment like the images in this poem. The last lines are wonderful and complete the piece. A solid 10.

    Wishing you well for the holidays,

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  • Rookie Ashka Pandya (12/13/2005 6:36:00 PM)

    hi..wats up? i do agree with ur each line..this such a great poem..gets all the way 10..good job
    regards,
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  • Rookie - 379 Points Uriah Hamilton (12/13/2005 11:43:00 AM)

    I think I just enjoyed the flow of your movement and story telling, impressive write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (12/13/2005 9:17:00 AM)

    Scary, touching, appropriate and thought-provoking juxtaposition as ever. When are your poems going to be studied for A-levels (or would that be an insult! ! ! ! !) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005



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