This Is Our Reality

this is our reality
at times i can't bare, and tend to sleep
this is our realirty
at times you stare, not just glance at me
this is our reality
watching you across the room
this is our reality
the effort rout will lead to my doom
this is our reality
i like you, do you like me?
this is our reality
why do you seem to be in my dreams
this is our reality
i want you to just let it be

by Brittany Marsh

Comments (2)

With the given background of Charles Simic, it is evident that he is writing about his dislike to killing and death. The use of imagery in this poem is like his others as he describes the setting and the people involved. This poem refers to the end of time and how the executioner is there to explain the reason. When he describes the executioner stalking him on the streets; he uses the word shadows. Right away shadow and darkness come together. Well he did this for a reason, for death is always followed by darkness. Being 'grim and officious' is not a good thing, yet Charles Simic calls this man a figure of the shadows; an outcast. However, in a short time he will become the stronger dominant human, for the world will end in short time. When time ends death will follow. This is a major theme in this poem. This poem follows the form of quintet for it has 5 lines in each stanza. To conclude, this blatant fact comes to mind; why did the executioner want us to know 'right then and there? ' This has many different theories, yet one sticks out is it because he wanted a friend when the world was dead?
For about 30 years I have been reading Charles Simic & Mark Strand and there are so many of their poems that I enjoy.They are wonderful and cogent craftsmen of what Wallace Stevens called the clear enigma.