Charles Simic

(1938 / Belgrade)

Clouds Gathering - Poem by Charles Simic

It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Wild strawberries and cream in the morning.
Sunlight in every room.
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Comments about Clouds Gathering by Charles Simic

  • Susan Williams (1/7/2016 5:12:00 PM)

    Extremely powerful in its gentle flow that grows gradually troubled like a stream suddenly rippling over pebbles and then rocks and then boulders come in view. Oh, I am now a Charles Simic fan with this poem! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/7/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    A slow flow of emotions in a cozy soliloquy. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2010 4:24:00 AM)

    It is this presentiment that gives the poem perfect balance. Without it, our happy moments would lack their deeper sense. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2008 12:13:00 PM)

    third stanza is a clunker too. I would omit it, if I could.

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  • (1/4/2008 12:12:00 PM)

    I think the poem falters in the second stanza. The first stanza is perfect. The first line of the 2nd stanza is perhaps clunky. I think a metaphor is needed here and not a simile. The last line is striking. The poem isn't perfect in my estimation and I like many of Simic's poems.

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  • (9/27/2007 10:47:00 AM)

    I don't read the New Yorker, but this poem does not impact me in any way. I think it is average at best. (Report) Reply

  • (8/3/2007 9:03:00 AM)

    a new yorkerish poem (Report) Reply

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