Charles Chaim Wax

Having Been Destroyed In The Womb

Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

No chance Ella’s grey hair
ever can be covered with dye
nor love be found
at 52.
One date after the other.
Suddenly her gums became infected
the left side of her face blown up
and then she called me
desperate to know
how to proceed
someone had gotten her
social security number
ordered a $1,300 piece of furniture
and three credit cards in her name.
Her parents in Florida begging
Ella to join them
an only child now
the son killed in a car accident at 17.
Her friend Sarah told me, “Must be something wrong
with her. A pretty woman
but men run from her. I want to help
but don’t know how.”
Ella called my sister saying how lonely
she felt, that Sunday morning, so
my sister invited her for coffee
at the bagel place.
Silence, finally
Ella bursting into tears
saying, “Thank you, thank you.”
Six billion souls
and the Buddha’s truth hard to swallow
the years of meditation not enough
suffering in every breath
until a ton of earth
suffocates the pain.

Comments about Having Been Destroyed In The Womb by Charles Chaim Wax

  • kskdnj sajn (1/16/2006 10:17:00 PM)

    Kinda sounds like my life...(all the men seem to run away),
    but I do hope at 52, I will not be submerged in so much loneliness. I see this character as a person who is just trying to have the life they had wanted, and life sucks the percentage of that opportunity each day. Very sad, but brings light in the happiness a simple gesture can bring.(Report)Reply

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  • Hugh Cobb (1/16/2006 5:11:00 PM)

    Sometimes life
    challenges belief
    reality overwhelming faith
    or hope
    at least for a moment
    leaving only a
    taste of ashes.
    A fine poem
    exploring the underbelly
    of belief.(Report)Reply

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  • Slimboydim . (1/16/2006 4:20:00 PM)

    This is beautifully written, read itself
    down the page, so smooth.
    I loved the end 'until a ton of earth
    suffocates the pain'
    Wish i had written that!
    Kindest Regards Slim. x.(Report)Reply

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  • Max Reif (1/16/2006 9:57:00 AM)

    leaves me speechless, Charles. That last line...(Report)Reply

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  • Jeremiah Shine (1/16/2006 9:30:00 AM)

    A sad tale...with an ending that tears away the veil of suffering. perhaps death is the answer to the problem of life...enlightenment a farce here on Earth, in these bodies.(Report)Reply

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  • ... ... (1/16/2006 9:24:00 AM)

    the opening 4 lines are a fantastic intro. they seemed a bit different from your normal voice.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 16, 2006