Charles Simic

(1938 / Belgrade)

Charles Simic Poems

41. Stone 6/24/2017
42. Summer In The Country 1/13/2003
43. Talking To Little Birdies 1/13/2003
44. Tapestry 6/23/2017
45. The Bather 1/13/2003
46. The Empress 6/24/2017
47. The Friends of Heraclitus 6/23/2017
48. The Initiate 1/13/2003
49. The Melon 11/17/2015
50. The Oldest Child 1/13/2003
51. The Partial Explanation 1/13/2003
52. The School Of Metaphysics 1/13/2003
53. The Something 1/13/2003
54. The Stray 6/23/2017
55. The Supreme Moment 1/13/2003
56. The White Room 1/13/2003
57. The Wooden Toy 1/13/2003
58. The Writings of the Mystics 6/24/2017
59. This Morning 6/24/2017
60. This Morning 1/13/2003
61. To The One Upstairs 1/13/2003
62. Watch Repair 6/23/2017
63. Watermelons 1/13/2003
64. Wherein Obscurely 1/13/2003
65. 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 ...

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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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