Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Charles Simic Poems

1. Mirrors At 4 A.M 4/6/2015
2. Autumn Sky 4/28/2015
3. On this Very Street in Belgrade -new- 5/16/2015
4. Secret History 3/17/2015
5. Crazy About Her Shrimp 12/15/2014
6. The Wooden Toy 1/13/2003
7. The White Room 1/13/2003
8. The Something 1/13/2003
9. The Supreme Moment 1/13/2003
10. This Morning 1/13/2003
11. Pocket Theatre 1/13/2003
12. Wherein Obscurely 1/13/2003
13. The Oldest Child 1/13/2003
14. The Bather 1/13/2003
15. Summer In The Country 1/13/2003
16. White 1/13/2003
17. Private Eye 1/13/2003
18. To The One Upstairs 1/13/2003
19. Late September 1/20/2003
20. The Partial Explanation 1/13/2003
21. The Initiate 1/13/2003
22. Read Your Fate 1/13/2003
23. Talking To Little Birdies 1/13/2003
24. Paradise Motel 1/13/2003
25. A Book Full Of Pictures 1/13/2003
26. The School Of Metaphysics 1/13/2003
27. Country Fair 1/13/2003
28. Heights Of Folly 1/13/2003
29. Eyes Fastened With Pins 1/13/2003
30. Watermelons 1/13/2003
31. Hotel Insomnia 1/13/2003
32. Clouds Gathering 1/13/2003
33. Errata 1/13/2003
34. 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

Late September

The mail truck goes down the coast
Carrying a single letter.
At the end of a long pier
The bored seagull lifts a leg now and then
And forgets to put it down.
There is a menace in the air
Of tragedies in the making.

Last night you thought you heard television

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