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On this Very Street in Belgrade

Your mother carried you
Out of the smoking ruins of a building
And set you down on this sidewalk
Like a doll bundled in burnt rags,
Where you now stood years later
Talking to a homeless dog,
Half-hidden behind a parked car,
His eyes brimming with hope
As he inched forward, ready for the worst.

Credit


Copyright © 2013 by Charles Simic. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on April 8, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

Author


Charles Simic

Charles Simic received the Academy Fellowship in 1998 and was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. 

Date Published: 2013-04-08

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/very-street-belgrade