Poetry Month: Bedtime Story (Simic)

Bedtime Story

When a tree falls in a forest
And there’s no one around
To hear the sound, the poor owls
Have to do all the thinking.

They think so hard they fall off
Their perch and are eaten by ants,
Who, as you already know, all look like
Little Black Riding Hoods.

– Charles Simic, from Selected Poems in The Antaeus Anthology

The Cortland Review
has an interview with Simic, and the Academy of American Poets has a bio and selected poems.


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