Charles Chaim Wax


A Meditation On Emptiness - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

I awoke at 10: 55 Pm
I would have preferred 4 AM
because then I could have stayed
awake
and experienced
the coming of the dawn,
and heard the birds sing.
When I hear the birds sing
in the darkness
before dawn
I feel connected
to elemental indestructible nature.
I become extremely
happy at that time.
But since it was only 10: 55 PM
it was too earl; y to wait
I felt the approach of sleep
and said: what is better than sleep?
and then I became euphoric
and thought of infinity.
What is there to fear?
Not longing for death
but no fear,
and it was lovely;
the cool breeze blowing on me
and the groggy eyes.
Enlightenment again.
Birth, death, infinity-
all one like a secret lullaby.
I started to laugh out loud
Bursts of laughter out loud,
over and over
and then a word came into my
laughter:
compassion.
And I started to laugh
at the sound of that word
as if I should have known
all along and now that I did know
it was all so simple and incredibly
true.
No doubt
And I wondered
why I had taken so long.
Laughing.
Hysterical.
Without abandon
And the word compassion
repeated again and again,
fusing with laughter.
And then
the laughter
stopped
and I knew
when the dawn came
I could not keep it,
I mean, Enlightenment,
the no fear of death,
the laughter erupting,
the word compassion
intimate
with every cell of my body.


Comments about A Meditation On Emptiness by Charles Chaim Wax

  • (3/9/2006 12:27:00 PM)


    MEDITATING
    not being able to keep
    hold of conceptions and perceptions
    enlightenment? compassion?
    awakening groggy eyed
    like a new born baby drooling
    ON EMPTINESS
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  • (1/11/2006 9:35:00 AM)


    Nice stream of consciousness. Consider eliminating the punctuation altogether
    and letting the thoughts flow into each other. That's the sense I get when I read
    it. Best,
    Martin
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  • (11/20/2005 6:55:00 PM)


    Excellent - you're a master of the line break and enjambment. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2005 8:33:00 AM)


    The imagery in this piece is beautifully written with precision. Thanks for sharing and the details kept me interested. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 11, 2005



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