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

Analysis, meaning and summary of Charles Simic's poem Watermelons


  1. Stephanie says:

    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.

  2. Susan Hradil says:

    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.

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