Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Against Winter - Poem by Charles Simic

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 comes to yell at you,
You're crazier than the weather, Charlie.


Comments about Against Winter by Charles Simic

  • Fabrizio Frosini (3/5/2016 2:58:00 AM)


    ''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.''

    La verità è scura sotto le palpebre.
    Che cosa vuoi fare?
    Gli uccelli tacciono; non c'è nessuno a cui chiedere.

    ''A meek little lamb'' - Un piccolo agnello mansueto
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  • (1/7/2016 10:00:00 PM)


    I have to agree with Julia Woodman. The first three lines of this poem are the best:
    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.
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  • Susan Williams (1/7/2016 5:01:00 PM)


    Fantastic! Beauty, imagination, and humor all combined in one poem. I enjoyed this read tremendously. Can't wait to read more of his work. (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2016 6:45:00 AM)


    Fantastic depiction of the aura of approaching winter and a naughty boy welcoming first snow fall with bare head and rushing to cover it after yelled by a neighbor. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/7/2016 1:30:00 AM)


    Seasons! ! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/7/2016 12:40:00 AM)


    'Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier Of a defeated army, ' is very nice. Liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Julia Woodman (12/29/2015 9:26:00 AM)


    Yes, I have one of his books, I particularly love the first 3 lines of this poem. It kind of fits into what I call psychological landscape poetry, which I coined to describe some of what I write. (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2015 8:43:00 AM)


    Good events of winter and happiness that follows. nice to read. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2008 2:11:00 PM)


    love the phrase

    Winter Coming, Like the last heroic soldier.

    It reminds me of my three cousins fighting over seas
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  • (8/3/2007 9:01:00 AM)


    birds seem to be a theme (Report) Reply

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