Charles Harper Webb

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Charles Harper Webb Poems

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