Country Fair

‘A poem for such a day as this’

Daniela Dragas
2 min readMay 14, 2024

a poem for such a day as this

— is a column where I share my favourite poems and their creators, some of whom might be familiar and some not.

Whatever the case, I hope they elicit a smile, a grin, a tear, a smirk … or, in Kafka’s words — be an axe for the frozen sea within us.

As always — it would be great to hear your thoughts.

A poem for such a day as today is:

Country Fair
by Charles Simic

If you didn’t see the six-legged dog,
It doesn’t matter.
We did, and he mostly lay in the corner.
As for the extra legs,

One got used to them quickly
And thought of other things.
Like, what a cold, dark night
To be out at the fair.

Then the keeper threw a stick
And the dog went after it
On four legs, the other two flapping behind,
Which made one girl shriek with laughter.

She was drunk and so was the man
Who kept kissing her neck.
The dog got the stick and looked back at us.