Charles Simic, 78, the Pulitzer Prize winning Serbian-American poet, wrote a piece for The New York Review of Books which was published in July, 2013. It is titled “Summertime” and is a wonderful collage of short reflections on summer. Here’s a few excerpts:
- A wind so mild this afternoon it touches our faces as we lie in the shade like little children going to sleep.
- Are rocking chairs in this country, I’m asking myself, being rocked on summer evenings as much as they once were? Or do they stand abandoned and motionless on dark porches across the land, now that their elderly owners tend to relieve their boredom by sitting in front of their computers?
- To my great regret, I no longer know how to be lazy, and summer is no fun without sloth. Indolence requires patience—to lie in the sun, for instance, day after day—and I have none left. When I could, it was bliss. I lived liked the old Greeks, who knew nothing of hours, minutes, and seconds.
- There’s something familial, deeply comforting in the sound of a pig oinking in the peace and slumber of a summer afternoon.
- For the sweet old couple working side by side in the garden, being ignorant of what goes on in the world has been the secret of their lifelong happiness.
Don’t miss “Summertime” in its entirety here: The New York Review of Books
- Photograph – The Elementary Particles by Dragan Todorovic (from Belgrade, Serbia)
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