Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Charles Simic Poems

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