“DARK CORNER” by Charles Simic – National Poetry Month Post #4

For this National Poetry Month post, I wanted to share a poem from a recently acquired tome by one of my favorite poets, Charles Simic. The book is “Walking the Black Cat”. I have always loved Mr. Simic’s work, and on reading the following was reminded again exactly WHY.

DARK CORNER

Say, how’d you find me?
Ordinarily, I act deaf and dumb, but with you
It’s different. Darting in and out
Of doorways, prowling after me
Like a black cat.

Just look at the suckers, I kept
Shouting at the world. It was no use.
They just stepped over me holding on to their hats,
Or lifting their skirts a little
On the way to hell.

He must be crazy, sprawled there
On the sidewalk, his fly unzipped,
His eyes closing. Only you came back
To see how I’m doing,
Only you peeked into every dark corner.

I’m a bird fluttering in flight.
Find me a nice, large cage with the door open.
Back me out of here with your kisses.
My shoes need laces.
My pants need your finger to hold them up.

© Charles Simic, Walking the Black Cat, 1996

I especially like the sense he gives of being lost, then found, by a single person who took the time, who “peeked into every dark corner”.

My favorite lines are:
“They just stepped over me holding on to their hats,
Or lifting their skirts a little
On the way to hell.”

I love the idea that “the way to hell” is more than likely an office job or something of the sort, and that even though they seem to be stepping over him like HE is nothing, they might be heading toward somewhere they will be treated exactly the same. There is more (much more) meaning here, but give it a good read and let me know in the comments what you find!

Enjoy! 😀 😀
Jamy

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