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Charles Simic - Watermelons

Green Buddhas
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.

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Poet: Charles Simic
Poem: Watermelons
Volume: Return to a Place Lit By a Glass of Milk
Year: Published/Written in 1974
Poem of the Day: Mar 16 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 20th, 2010 at 9:30 AM.
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Poems can portray many different meanings for both the writer and the readers of the poem. The meaning in the poem “Watermelons” to me means we take what we want sometimes without realizing the importance of what we leave behind. While the seeds (teeth) in the watermelons are just a nuisance to us without them there would not be anymore watermelons. The meaning being sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on August 28th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

I love this poem because it makes an offhand comment about life. We
try, and when we're in a buddha-state, we succeed, in taking from
life the sweetness while spitting out the bitter. Saw a guy in Provincetown who had this poem printed on the back of his green t-shirt. Very cool.

Susan Hradil from United States

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