Charles Simic

(1938 / Belgrade)

The Partial Explanation - Poem by Charles Simic

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
Anyone pass on the street.

A glass of ice-water
Keeps me company
At this table I chose myself
Upon entering.

And a longing,
Incredible longing
To eavesdrop
On the conversation
Of cooks.


Comments about The Partial Explanation by Charles Simic

  • (10/19/2018 1:13:00 AM)

    A cryptic poem about loneliness and social isolation. It has the stripped beauty of a WCW poem, but with a slightly more surreal twist. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (5/9/2014 2:49:00 PM)

    Wow I enjoyed your poem Charles (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (5/9/2014 2:48:00 PM)

    Wow I enjoyed your poem Charles (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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