“The Partial Explanation” by Charles Simic
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
The Partial Explanation
Seems like a long time Since the waiter took my order. Grimy little luncheonette, The snow falling outside. Seems like it has grown darker Since I last heard the kitchen door Behind my back Since I last noticed Anyone pass on the street. A glass of ice-water Keeps me company At this table I chose myself Upon entering. And a longing, Incredible longing To eavesdrop On the conversation Of cooks.
from Selected Early Poems, 1999
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About the Poet
Charles Simic (1924- ) served as U.S Poet Laureate from 2007 to 2008. He has published over 60 books, including 20 poetry collections, including The Lunatic (Ecco, 2015).
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