Charles Harper Webb

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Charles Harper Webb Poems

1. The Death Of Santa Claus 1/1/2004
2. Blind 1/1/2004
3. Silent Letters 1/1/2004
4. Enthusiasm 1/1/2004
5. The Wife Of The Mind 1/1/2004
6. Suitcase 1/1/2004
7. Giant Fungus 1/1/2004
8. Reservations Confirmed 1/1/2004
9. Post-Vacation Tristesse 1/1/2004
10. With A Nantucket Shell 3/14/2012
11. Gil, The Toreador 3/14/2012
12. Dum Vivimus Vigilemus 3/14/2012
13. March 3/14/2012
Best Poem of Charles Harper Webb

The Death Of Santa Claus

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 ...

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