Charles Simic

(1938 / Belgrade)

Charles Simic Poems

1. Pigeons at Dawn 6/18/2015
2. The Melon 11/17/2015
3. Empire of Dreams 11/23/2015
4. Nancy Jane 6/23/2017
5. Old Couple 6/23/2017
6. Past-Lives Therapy 6/23/2017
7. Prodigy 6/23/2017
8. Puppet-Maker 6/23/2017
9. The Stray 6/23/2017
10. Tapestry 6/23/2017
11. Watch Repair 6/23/2017
12. "I am the last . . ." 6/23/2017
13. Fork 6/23/2017
14. The Friends of Heraclitus 6/23/2017
15. Charon's Cosmology 6/23/2017
16. Concerning My Neighbors, the Hittites 6/23/2017
17. Stone 6/24/2017
18. Classic Ballroom Dances 6/24/2017
19. Eastern European Cooking 6/24/2017
20. This Morning 6/24/2017
21. The Writings of the Mystics 6/24/2017
22. My Weariness of Epic Proportions 6/24/2017
23. A Letter 6/24/2017
24. Against Whatever It Is That's Encroaching 6/24/2017
25. Evening Walk 6/24/2017
26. On this Very Street in Belgrade 5/16/2015
27. The Empress 6/24/2017
28. Night Music 6/24/2017
29. So Early in the Morning 6/24/2017
30. My Shoes 5/25/2015
31. Labor and Capital 6/24/2017
32. Mirrors At 4 A.M 4/6/2015
33. In the Library 6/24/2017
34. Secret History 3/17/2015
35. Autumn Sky 4/28/2015
36. The Wooden Toy 1/13/2003
37. The White Room 1/13/2003
38. The Something 1/13/2003
39. Crazy About Her Shrimp 12/15/2014
40. This Morning 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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The Something

Here come my night thoughts
On crutches,
Returning from studying the heavens.
What they thought about
Stayed the same,
Stayed immense and incomprehensible.

My mother and father smile at each other
Knowingly above the mantel.

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