Charles Chaim Wax

The Archer Brings Forth His Secret Arrow - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

I secured a teaching position
as a substitute
covering for a teacher
who was absent
Today I had
Larry’s 8th grade reading class
the same kids the entire morning
one youngster was small for his age
loved to fool around
his specialty:
imitating Sammy Davis Jr.
which I allowed
for about half an hour
and then felt
time for work
OK for fifteen minutes
then the Sammy Davis persona resumed
with a rendition of CANDY MAN.
“You only did fifteen minutes of work, ” I said.
“Mr. Bernstein, I just get tired.”
but as a gesture to his fans
he threw pieces of Good ‘n Plenty
around the room
class clapping and screaming.
and we won’t do anything
until then.”
Everyone silent
off the hook
at the movies.
“You got a big mouth with the singing
Not a word
my arrow having pierced
his tiny heart.
The class quiet
each one feeling his weakness
none could read.
I stared at the diminutive lad
all my experience being:
“That big dummy Bernstein
is tryin’ to scare me.”
or, “Shut up yourself.”
Now studying his tears
I felt terrible
couldn’t prevent
from prancing through
my tortured
teacher’s brain.

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  • (11/4/2005 8:30:00 AM)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 4, 2005

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