Charles Chaim Wax

In The Monastery - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

sitting meditation created pain
my legs being wooden
so I loved walking mediation
especially one night
when the Head Monk
led the way into the darkness
with a flashlight
and all I could see was
the blizzard whizzing past
a guy in front of me
as the howling wind
overwhelmed the heartbeats of humans
flipping me into a blip of euphoria
my laughter
free to fall everywhere
without obstruction
the wind windless
snow soft as an ancient opiate pillow
enticing sleep
so I stepped off the line
lay down
unperturbed unemotional
in the tranquilizing drifts
narcotized by cool dreams
of high white stars
and me burning
one utter conflagration
and placing palms together
babbled, “Bernstein’s coffin is a billion
fine with him.”
Suddenly the glare of the Head Monk’s
flashlight seared my eyes
and a second later
felt his grip
as he whispered, “Cut
this amateur crap.”
The fellow meant well
but the word “amateur”

Comments about In The Monastery by Charles Chaim Wax

  • (11/17/2005 7:12:00 AM)

    Charles, your work is so very vivid yet surreal. I think this is a rewrite (correct?) but I can't for the life of me see what you changed, or even why you needed to. Another excellent vignette though. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/17/2005 6:17:00 AM)

    This is an interesting and unusual poem. You have some nice images here - the opiate pillow and the wind overwhelming the heartbeats are my favorites. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 17, 2005

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