Today's poem is by Charles Simic

Musing the Obscure

What do these mutts barking in unison
Up and down our road
Have on their minds tonight?
A burglar slipping through an open window?
A couple of kids making out in a parked car?

Perhaps it's the silence that bugs them?
The empty road at this hour of night.
You'd think their owners
Would let them in by now-but no!
They must be worrying too
What's out there in the dark?

A bear going through a trash can?
A suicide swaying from a branch?
A star, for some unknown reason,
Calling it quits after millions of years
And falling out of the sky?

Copyright © 2009 Charles Simic All rights reserved
from Vallum
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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