Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Charles Simic Poems

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

How much death works,
No one knows what a long
Day he puts in. The little
Wife always alone
Ironing death's laundry.
The beautiful daughters
Setting death's supper table.
The neighbors playing
Pinochle in the backyard

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