Charles Simic Poems

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1.
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.
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2.
Eyes Fastened With Pins

How much death works,
No one knows what a long
Day he puts in. The little
Wife always alone
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3.
Errata

Where it says snow
read teeth-marks of a virgin
Where it says knife read
you passed through my bones
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4.
Country Fair

for Hayden Carruth

If you didn't see the six-legged dog,
It doesn't matter.
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5.
Clouds Gathering

It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Wild strawberries and cream in the morning.
Sunlight in every room.
The two of us walking by the sea naked.
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6.
Hotel Insomnia

I liked my little hole,
Its window facing a brick wall.
Next door there was a piano.
A few evenings a month
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7.
Watermelons

Green Buddhas
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.
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8.
Heights Of Folly

O crows circling over my head and cawing!
I admit to being, at times,
Suddenly, and without the slightest warning,
Exceedingly happy.
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9.
A Book Full Of Pictures

Father studied theology through the mail
And this was exam time.
Mother knitted. I sat quietly with a book
Full of pictures. Night fell.
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10.
The School Of Metaphysics

Executioner happy to explain
How his wristwatch works
As he shadows me on the street.
I call him that because he is grim and officious
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