Charles Chaim Wax

An Elegant And Romantic Desire - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

When I walked into the Teacher’s Center
Doyle sat on the couch
eyes closed.
When I plopped down next to him
he opened his eyes
as if he had been crying.
“The people
of this world are beyond
my comprehension, Bernstein.”
“What? ”
Doyle opened his notebook
and removed a newspaper article
which he had cut out
from the Daily News
The headline read:
“It’s about a woman
who killed her three young daughters in 1956
then shot herself at their graves
32 years later. When it happened
a grand jury took no action against her,
instead sending the woman to
the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee
where she was hospitalized for 12 years.
How could such a thing happen? ” Doyle moaned.
“She cracked up.”
“Bernstein, please.
Even I could think of such a simplistic answer,
but I expect more,
much more, from you.
You delve into the secret creases,
and this case
got creases within creases.
Straighten it out for me.”
“Why this concern? ”
“Well, uh, to be honest,
now that you ask,
I’m scribbling lately,
entertaining the idea of writing a novel,
and this here story
could be the jump off point,
if I could only understand it,
well, the motivation anyway,
but I can’t make sense outta
the start,
or end of the occurrences.”
I stared at my friend
Peter Doyle
who at the age of forty-six
had suddenly
to become a writer.
“The seeds of sorrow
never wither, ” I said.
“OH, ” burst out Doyle,
“can I use that title?
I’d appreciate a ‘Yes”
on this one
buddy boy
to get rolling
the great adventure
exploring the human soul
to remedy
the suffering
of the world
by telling people
of my discoveries
at last
I put pen to paper—
even fame may follow
who knows.

Comments about An Elegant And Romantic Desire by Charles Chaim Wax

  • (10/27/2005 11:44:00 AM)

    I get this feeling from your the first time I read Kafka or a fusion between me and the rest of the world. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/18/2005 10:35:00 AM)

    This should turn into a novel. Good job! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 18, 2005

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