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The Death Of Santa Claus - Poem by Charles Harper Webb

He's had the chest pains for weeks,
but doctors don't make house
calls to the North Pole,

he's let his Blue Cross lapse,
blood tests make him faint,
hospital gown always flap

open, waiting rooms upset
his stomach, and it's only
indigestion anyway, he thinks,

until, feeding the reindeer,
he feels as if a monster fist
has grabbed his heart and won't

stop squeezing. He can't
breathe, and the beautiful white
world he loves goes black,

and he drops on his jelly belly
in the snow and Mrs. Claus
tears out of the toy factory

wailing, and the elves wring
their little hands, and Rudolph's
nose blinks like a sad ambulance

light, and in a tract house
in Houston, Texas, I'm 8,
telling my mom that stupid

kids at school say Santa's a big
fake, and she sits with me
on our purple-flowered couch,

and takes my hand, tears
in her throat, the terrible
news rising in her eyes.


Comments about The Death Of Santa Claus by Charles Harper Webb

  • Gold Star - 130,850 Points Kim Barney (8/2/2015 6:46:00 AM)

    Wow! This is the most powerful poem I have read in a long time. Excellent job. Very well done, indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 65,962 Points * Sunprincess * (6/30/2014 8:34:00 AM)

    ...............an outstanding poem.....separation in this life is the hardest thing we will ever face....yet we must have and hold onto faith that we shall see them again in the other realm.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Consuelo Roland (7/1/2012 11:25:00 AM)

    Loved your poem - the double meaning built in all the way through pointing to something much bigger, the loss of innocence and how death makes us grow up suddenly, irrevocably. I had tears in my throat myself. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  15. 15. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  22. 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  25. 25. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  28. 28. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  31. 31. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  32. 32. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  33. 33. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  34. 34. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  37. 37. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  38. 38. Death , William Butler Yeats
  39. 39. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  43. 43. Death , Heinrich Heine
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  46. 46. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  48. 48. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  50. 50. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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