Charles Wax


Standing on the corner
of Surf and Stillwell Ave
Christmas day
dreaming of Alaska
62 below zero
in the mountains
kill a man for sure
or lift his spirit
one simply had to know the realm
to survive.
Suddenly I heard,
“Are you a Doctor
you look like a mind Doctor.”
Sad crazy tormented Jim
wandering the streets
empty of hope
on the day Christ was born
funny red wool hat rising to a point
barely containing his long thick
uncombed grey hair
early twenties
but grief had done its work.
“Some have said so.”
the Voices tell me to kill myself.
They say, ‘Commit suicide, Commit suicide,
Commit suicide.’”
“But you’re still alive! ”
“Too passive
to wallop my skull
to bits.”
I walked towards Meng’s
Jim with me
ordered Christmas dinner
for both of us
meat-loaf, mashed potatoes, coffee
then spotted Deedee
worked hard
but too thin
so never reeled in big cash.
“You want it, ” she asked
not wasting time
well, we both knew each other
and chit-chat would happen later
in a warm room smelling of bug spray
in the Terminal Hotel.
Jim said, “Doctor Sattner tries to help me
but his name sounds evil,
don’t it?

shoots me up with thorazine,
no emancipation
like that word, Doctor?
reading the dictionary
for the calm
told him I need electroshock
cause I can’t take depression
no more.
What are you into? ”
“Should I try? ”
“If you have to you will.”
Deedee stepped to us
and stared at Jim
with an intense tenderness.
“I cry
alone in my bed, ” he said.
“We all been there
but you can’t stay, ” she whispered.
“The Voices.
I’m paralyzed.
My only hope is electroshock.”
“Who goin’ to care for my son?
who goin’ to feed him?
put clothes on his back?
his father?
Hell no.
I got to do it.
You a nice lookin’ fella
a little taste of pussy
lift that depression
right up off you.”
Jim stared at DeeDee
for at least ten seconds
before he sighed,
“When I jerk off
my arm burns
and I hear Heartbreak Hotel.”

Submitted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Edited: Friday, May 03, 2013


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 (Untitled by Charles Wax )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. I Don't Know If History Repeats Itself, Yehuda Amichai
  7. Limerick: There was a young person whose.., Edward Lear
  8. school, logan dillie
  10. Account, Czeslaw Milosz

Poem of the Day

poet Oliver Wendell Holmes

WHAT flower is this that greets the morn,
Its hues from Heaven so freshly born?
With burning star and flaming band
It kindles all the sunset land:
...... Read complete »


Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Winds Of Winter, Luo Zhihai
  2. Uncle Styopa part2 by N. Mickhalkov, Yuri Starostin
  3. Secret Loves, Sandra Feldman
  4. Structural Designs, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Winter, Sara Grace Je'tom Bradley
  6. Life's trash, Yisel Chong
  7. I Just, Michael P. McParland
  8. What She Is, Levi Crum
  9. I Am So Tired, Michael P. McParland
  10. Sacrafice, Levi Crum
[Hata Bildir]