Poem for 22 April 2005: Night Picnic

April 22nd, 2005

Night Picnic
Charles Simic

There was the sky, starless and vast–
Home of every one of our dark thoughts–
Its door open to more darkness.
And you, like a late door-to-door salesman,
With only your own beating heart
In the palm of your outstretched hand.

All things are imbued with God’s being–
She said in hushed tones
As if his ghost might overhear us–
The dark woods around us,
Our faces which we cannot see,
Even this bread we are eating.

You were mulling over the particulars
Of your cosmic significance
Between slow sips of red wine.
In the ensuing quiet, you could hear
Her small, sharp teeth chewing the crust–
And then finally, she moistened her lips.

One way to observe National Poetry Month is to read some literary criticism.

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