Carla Schwartz: On Seeking Forgiveness, after Simic

                  Throned Again, by Mary Hatch, 1987, oil on canvas, 36” x 40”

 

 

On Seeking Forgiveness, after Simic

Incurable romantics marrying eternal grumblers.
—Charles Simic, “Promises of Leniency and Forgiveness”
The more innocent you believe you are, / the harder it’ll be for you.
—Charles Simic, “Calamity Crier”

It turns out
you’re the grumbler,
I’m the romantic.
But then I grumble back,
defending my innocence
until I find myself
wed to difficulty.

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Carla Schwartz

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