Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Heights Of Folly


O crows circling over my head and cawing!
I admit to being, at times,
Suddenly, and without the slightest warning,
Exceedingly happy.

On a morning otherwise sunless,
Strolling arm in arm
Past some gallows-shaped trees
With my dear Helen,
Who is also a strange bird,

With a feeling of being summoned
Urgently, but by a most gracious invitation
To breakfast on slices of watermelon
In the company of naked gods and goddesses
On a patch of last night's snow.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Adnana Karahasanovic Zeljkovic (5/26/2010 5:04:00 AM)

    Well expressed appreciation of happiness. Almost apologetic. As if afraid of being 'exceedingly happy'. And the surrealistic image of breakfast with gods and goddesses - little lower than the angels... Do we deserve it? Well rounded up poem. (Report) Reply

  • Roy Joe Stuckey (9/27/2009 5:06:00 PM)

    Through antique panes of glass on three sides,
    I see verdant foilage, gently coloring;
    and, I feel myself fully surrounded,
    Suddenly, I am very happy. (Report) Reply

  • Roy Joe Stuckey (9/14/2009 3:59:00 AM)

    In eighteen and sixty two,
    Sarah and Isaac asked the President to free the slaves.
    In nineteen and fifty eight;
    Ruthie and Roy Joe asked the President to ban the bomb.
    In twenty and nine, their Grandson Brian,
    Made a statue, reminiscent of these procreative deeds;
    And the three, were very happy! (Report) Reply

  • Roy Joe Stuckey (9/13/2009 4:49:00 PM)

    I saw a hawk rise in the sky
    ; and suddenly. I was very happy!
    I believe God spoke to me;
    and gave me a feeling of well bveing. (Report) Reply

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