Charles Chaim Wax

Being At One Time Defeated - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

I descended into the pit with Caligula
while my hero the Dalai Lama
serenely watched men
sawn in half
their soft flesh
bubbling blood into the air.
And I understood nothing.
and longing for
his words:
Goodness inherent
in every heart
he said that again and again
like stars
like wind
a million hours of meditation
so he knew
his breath impregnable
as chunks of diamond
yet I could not shift
from the immense crater of
Caligula’s perversity—
slaughter from a jiggling
devouring my beloved

Comments about Being At One Time Defeated by Charles Chaim Wax

  • (12/23/2005 10:06:00 PM)

    Beautifully expressed. The poem is a koan. How to solve it will engage the mind while perhaps the spirit just is.


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  • (12/23/2005 5:57:00 AM)

    Nice........Inspired me. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 23, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, December 23, 2005

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