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Charles Simic - Inner Man

It isn't the body
That's a stranger.
It's someone else.

We poke the same
Ugly mug 
At the world.
When I scratch
He scratches too.

There are women
Who claim to have held him.
A dog
Follows me about.
It might be his.

If I'm quiet, he's quieter.
So I forget him.
Yet, as I bend down
To tie my shoelaces,
He's standing up.

We caste a single shadow.
Whose shadow?

I'd like to say:
"He was un the beginning
And he'll be in the end,"
But one can't be sure.

At night
As I sit
Shuffling the cards of our silence,
I say to him:

"Though you utter
Every one of my words,
You are a stranger.
It's time you spoke."

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Poet: Charles Simic
Poem: Inner Man
Volume: The Major Young Poets
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2010

Comment 42 of 42, added on May 10th, 2017 at 9:13 AM.
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5Owccj Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I ave read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.

jeremy abrams from Namibia
Comment 41 of 42, added on March 4th, 2017 at 3:29 PM.
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kCnhKp If most people wrote about this subject with the eloquence that you just did, I am sure people would do much more than just read, they act. Great stuff here. Please keep it up.

this sheat from Sweden
Comment 40 of 42, added on March 4th, 2017 at 12:41 PM.
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QAHDAJ Many thanks for sharing this great write-up. Very inspiring! (as always, btw)

mike tyson from Mauritania

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