Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Charles Simic Poems

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

Read the full of Against Winter

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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