Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Charles Simic Poems

1. Against Winter 1/13/2003
2. Errata 1/13/2003
3. Hotel Insomnia 1/13/2003
4. Eyes Fastened With Pins 1/13/2003
5. Clouds Gathering 1/13/2003
6. Watermelons 1/13/2003
7. Heights Of Folly 1/13/2003
8. Country Fair 1/13/2003
9. A Book Full Of Pictures 1/13/2003
10. The School Of Metaphysics 1/13/2003
11. Paradise Motel 1/13/2003
12. Read Your Fate 1/13/2003
13. The Partial Explanation 1/13/2003
14. The Initiate 1/13/2003
15. Late September 1/20/2003
16. Talking To Little Birdies 1/13/2003
17. Private Eye 1/13/2003
18. White 1/13/2003
19. Summer In The Country 1/13/2003
20. The Bather 1/13/2003
21. To The One Upstairs 1/13/2003
22. Wherein Obscurely 1/13/2003
23. The Oldest Child 1/13/2003
24. Pocket Theatre 1/13/2003
25. The Supreme Moment 1/13/2003
26. The White Room 1/13/2003
27. This Morning 1/13/2003
28. The Something 1/13/2003
29. The Wooden Toy 1/13/2003
30. Crazy About Her Shrimp 12/15/2014
31. Secret History 3/17/2015
32. Mirrors At 4 A.M -new- 4/6/2015
Best Poem of Charles Simic

Against Winter

The truth is dark under your eyelids.
What are you going to do about it?
The birds are silent; there's no one to ask.
All day long you'll squint at the gray sky.
When the wind blows you'll shiver like straw.

A meek little lamb you grew your wool
Till they came after you with huge shears.
Flies hovered over open mouth,
Then they, too, flew off like the leaves,
The bare branches reached after them in vain.

Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier
Of a defeated army, you'll stay at your post,
Head bared to the first snow flake.
Till a neighbor ...

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The Partial Explanation

Seems like a long time
Since the waiter took my order.
Grimy little luncheonette,
The snow falling outside.

Seems like it has grown darker
Since I last heard the kitchen door
Behind my back
Since I last noticed

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