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Charles Simic - Country Fair

for Hayden Carruth

If you didn't see the six-legged dog,
It doesn't matter.
We did, and he mostly lay in the corner.
As for the extra legs,

One got used to them quickly
And thought of other things.
Like, what a cold, dark night
To be out at the fair.

Then the keeper threw a stick
And the dog went after it
On four legs, the other two flapping behind,
Which made one girl shriek with laughter.

She was drunk and so was the man
Who kept kissing her neck.
The dog got the stick and looked back at us.
And that was the whole show.

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Country Fair - Comments and Information

Poet: Charles Simic
Poem: Country Fair
Volume: Hotel Insomnia
Year: Published/Written in 1992
Poem of the Day: May 31 2009

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 19th, 2014 at 4:56 AM.

xyC2Zy Very good blog post. Really Great.

crorkservice from Taiwan
Comment 2 of 3, added on October 21st, 2010 at 2:45 AM.

very bad!!

aayushi c/o prakash from India
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 31st, 2008 at 9:27 PM.

Could it possibly be referring to American society and how we are so easily amused? One man's faults are another man's entertainment.

Alan Smola

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