Charles Chaim Wax


Soon To Depart - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

When AIDS
couldn’t be fixed
all the people
suffering from it
were goners
one such soul
happened to be Frank Brown
a teacher at Spinoza high school
who was spending his last days
at Pine Grove Nursing Home
me and Tom Pray
went for a visit
Tom bringing
a couple of videos
and People magazine
this one a special
The Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World
Frank sat in a wheelchair
eyes closed
dozing
but Tom opened the magazine
and began reading,
“Ricky Rocky Paull Goldin
says of this here Yasmine Bleeth,
‘I can spend the rest of
my life looking at her face.’”
suddenly Pray laughed
as his body twisted in odd ways
the laughter consuming
his tiny musculature
finally he blurted out, “This guy is
a total featherbrain
a boob, a bubblehead,
a blathering bumblebeebrain,
the rest of his life looking at
Yasmine Bleeth! A fate
worse than death!
looks like a plastic surgeon’s
handiwork to me
but to conclude this
IN DEPTH AUTOBIOGRAPHY
says Yasmine Bleeth is 5’5”
but would rather be 5’11”.
What a dunderhead this creature is!
short people is...is...well say
we do OK for ourselves
I’m five foot even
who the hell
would wanna be anybody
but who they are? ”
Frank Brown snored
peacefully
and I was happy
for that.


Comments about Soon To Depart by Charles Chaim Wax

  • (11/11/2005 12:35:00 PM)


    Well, of course first I went to Google to get a gander at Yasmine Bleeth's face. She look good to me, but that's not at issue. Trying to articulate some of what you do in a lot of your poems. I guess it's just 'life goes on' amid a great deal of absurdity.
    Brought back memories, I used to visit a fellow in an AIDS house in SF and play music, haven't thought of that chapter for quite awhile
    (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/11/2005 8:56:00 AM)


    A poet's poem! Exquisite! (Report) Reply

  • Linda Hepner (11/11/2005 8:36:00 AM)


    Another wonderful story, enjoyed Frank Brown
    Linda
    (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Friday, November 11, 2005



Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]