Charles Simic

(1938 / Belgrade)

Charles Simic Poems

41. Pocket Theatre 1/13/2003
42. The Oldest Child 1/13/2003
43. The Supreme Moment 1/13/2003
44. Wherein Obscurely 1/13/2003
45. To The One Upstairs 1/13/2003
46. The Bather 1/13/2003
47. White 1/13/2003
48. Private Eye 1/13/2003
49. Summer In The Country 1/13/2003
50. Late September 1/20/2003
51. The Partial Explanation 1/13/2003
52. Read Your Fate 1/13/2003
53. The Initiate 1/13/2003
54. Talking To Little Birdies 1/13/2003
55. The School Of Metaphysics 1/13/2003
56. Paradise Motel 1/13/2003
57. A Book Full Of Pictures 1/13/2003
58. Watermelons 1/13/2003
59. Heights Of Folly 1/13/2003
60. Country Fair 1/13/2003
61. Clouds Gathering 1/13/2003
62. Errata 1/13/2003
63. Hotel Insomnia 1/13/2003
64. Eyes Fastened With Pins 1/13/2003
65. Against Winter 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

Nancy Jane

Grandma laughing on her deathbed.
Eternity, the quiet one, listening in.

Like moths around an oil lamp we were.
Like ragdolls tucked away in the attic.

In walked a cat with a mouthful of feathers.
(How about that?)

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