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Another Favorite Poem: Errata

I've been thinking about this poem a lot lately, in part because of my entry for therealljidol this week, which talks about how different decisions have changed my life. When I added this to my notebook of poetry gleanings, I wrote that it's "a great example of Simic's dreamlike use of words, imagery and juxtaposition."



errata
by Charles Simic

Where it says snow
read teeth-marks of a virgin
Where it says knife read
you passed through my bones
like a police-whistle
Where it says table read horse
Where it says horse read my migrant's bundle
Apples are to remain apples
Each time a hat appears
think of Isaac Newton
reading the Old Testament
Remove all periods
They are scars made by words
I couldn't bring myself to say
Put a finger over each sunrise
it will blind you otherwise
That damn ant is still stirring
Will there be time left to list
all errors to replace
all hands guns owls plates
all cigar ponds woods and reach
that beer-bottle my greatest mistake
the word I allowed to be written
when I should have shouted
her name
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