Poem: Waxy Buildup by Mark Tulin

 Don’t flush, don’t drain

my ears, Doc

then I’ll be able to hear.

I’ll hear all the chatter

in the coffee house

and won’t enjoy

my Americano in quiet.

I’ll hear the sound

of my neighbor’s stereo

or the rooster crowing

before I’m ready to wake up.

It’s better that I don’t know

what Trump is doing next

or what Bill Maher has to say

about all this political bullshit.

Don’t drain my ears, Doc.

I don’t need a hearing aid, either.

Let the wax in my ear build up.

I’m perfectly fine

living my life in the dark.


I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

8 comments on “Poem: Waxy Buildup by Mark Tulin

  1. Fun and good poem Mark. Serious at times too. Although nobody wants to be deaf there are times when we would rather not hear. Selective hearing?
    Just have a peaceful day.

  2. Great poem. I like its humorous and serious elements at the same time. Yes, as Miriam says, selecting hearing helps or, perhaps even better, having enough moments during the day to switch off from the sad and uncertain reality, getting some excercise, breathing fresh air, doing one’s favorite activities…
    Spain’s president Rajoy and the oligarchy are also mini-Trumps to us. In Catalonia we only wanted to vote peacefully, to exercise our legitimate right to self-determination and we got an incredible amount of unprecedented police violence. I had a nervous breakdown afterward. First I wrote a poem about Trump and Rajoy: https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/ode-to-trumps-vanity-et-al/
    Then I wrote another poem after the October 1 referendum in Catalonia: https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/when-tomorrow-comes/

    • I urge my readers to read Moments’ two epic poems that parallel America’s current political plight. What’s happening here is also happening abroad. Thank you Moments for sharing your poetic skills.

  3. Nice and funny…have a Good Friday 😀

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