has it come to this …
at the top of the stairs
a cry, a thud, a silent voice
Inspired by the short story, “The Visit” by
Czech author Zdenek Urbanek.
O lone streetlight,
Trying to shed
What light you can
On a spider repairing his web
This autumn night,
Stay with me,
As I push further and further
Into the dark.
“At Tender Mercy” is the last poem in Charles Simic’s newest book of poetry, “Scribbled In The Dark”, published in June, 2017. The poems are divided into four sections of 15 poems, and all but one are on one page. It is the kind of book you will read quickly, in one night, and then return to, over and over, carefully savoring each page. Charles Simic turned 80 in May, 2017.
there are so many of us, it seems,
walking around the highways and byways,
catching and keeping stray words and gestures,
as they drop haphazardly
into our laps.
we look along the avenues of nature,
tracing fireflies as they cross the night,
or we linger gently,
near the scent of roses in summer.
we will just sit back,
and watch the leaves fall,
and wonder, in a trance, almost,
if that could be us,
blowing here and there,
almost at random.
after so many days of rain and gloom,
i am so happy to see the blue skies,
and puffs of white clouds floating by,
and I laugh with the courtyard leaves,
as the sun dances playfully,
around their sharp edges, and colorful smiles,
before it slowly fades
beyond the horizon.