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Classic Ballroom Dances – Charles Simic Maio 9, 2008

Filed under: Charles Simic,poetry — looking4good @ 1:16 am

Grandmothers who wring the necks
Of Chickens; old nuns
With names like Theresa, Marianne,
Who pull schoolboys by the ear;

The intricate steps of pickpockets
Working the crowd of the curious
At the scene of an accident; the slow shuffle
of the evangelist with a sandwich-board;

The hesitation of the early morning customer
Peeking through the window-grille
Of a pawnshop; the weave of a little kid
Who is walking to school with his eyes closed;

And the ancient lovers, cheek to cheek,
On the dancefloor of the Union Hall,
Where they also hold charity raffles
On rainy Monday nights of an eternal November

Charles Simic (born Dušan Simić,on May 9, 1938 in Belgrade, Serbia)


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