It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Wild strawberries and cream in the morning.
Sunlight in every room.
The two of us walking by the sea naked.
Some evenings, however, we found ourselves
Unsure of what comes next.
Like tragic actors in a theater on fire,
With birds circling over our heads,
The dark pines strangely still,
Each rock we stepped on bloodied by the sunset.
We were back on our terrace sipping wine.
Why always this hint of an unhappy ending?
Clouds of almost human appearance
Gathering on the horizon, but the rest lovely
With the air so mild and the sea untroubled.
The night suddenly upon us, a starless night.
You lighting a candle, carrying it naked
Into our bedroom and blowing it out quickly.
The dark pines and grasses strangely still.
Charles Simic's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Clouds Gathering by Charles Simic )
Still I Rise
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
RoseAnn V. Shawiak
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)
(3rd April 19sixty)
(22 March 1941 -)
Lawrence S. Pertillar
- Henry Scott Holland
- Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Your Feet, Pablo Neruda
- Evil eyes repeller, S.D. TIWARI
- Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
- The Dead Woman, Pablo Neruda
- National Trust, Tony Harrison
- My Imagination, Asomugha Gabriel
- Suicide Gone Wrong, janis nicole townsend
- Boy's Day Out, Shannon Chapel