I preferred the fleeting,Like a memory of a sip of wineOf a noble vintageOn the tongue with eyes closed …When you tapped me on the shoulder.O light, unsayable in your splendor.A lot of good you did to me.You just made my insomnia last longer.I sat rapt at the spectacle,Secretly rueing the fugitive:All its provisory, short-livedKisses and enchantments.Here with the new day breaking,And a single scarecrow on the horizonDirecting the trafficOf crows and their shadows.—Charles Simic, “My Quarrel with the Infinite”Photography Credit Will Adler

I preferred the fleeting,
Like a memory of a sip of wine
Of a noble vintage
On the tongue with eyes closed …

When you tapped me on the shoulder.
O light, unsayable in your splendor.
A lot of good you did to me.
You just made my insomnia last longer.

I sat rapt at the spectacle,
Secretly rueing the fugitive:
All its provisory, short-lived
Kisses and enchantments.

Here with the new day breaking,
And a single scarecrow on the horizon
Directing the traffic
Of crows and their shadows.

Charles Simic, “My Quarrel with the Infinite”
Photography Credit Will Adler

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