Be Better Informed Than John McCain

You kinda have to feel for the guy; out on the trail yesterday, someone asked Sen. McCain who the U.S. Poet Laureate is. I mean, come on. Who’s the new guy is Russia, that’s a fair question (remember, neither Clinton or Obama were really sure). What’s the capital of Vermont. Who is buried in Grant’s tomb. Would you like fries with that.

Anyway, the answer is Charles Simic. Here’s one of his poems. Read it, and not only will you be informed, amused, and edified — you’ll be a better American.

In the Library
by Charles Simic

for Octavio

There’s a book called
“A Dictionary of Angels.”
No one has opened it in fifty years,
I know, because when I did,
The covers creaked, the pages
Crumbled. There I discovered

The angels were once as plentiful
As species of flies.
The sky at dusk
Used to be thick with them.
You had to wave both arms
Just to keep them away.

Now the sun is shining
Through the tall windows.
The library is a quiet place.
Angels and gods huddled
In dark unopened books.
The great secret lies
On some shelf Miss Jones
Passes every day on her rounds.

She’s very tall, so she keeps
Her head tipped as if listening.
The books are whispering.
I hear nothing, but she does.


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