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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Songs and Poems


by Charles Simic

Green Buddhas
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.

Discussion and Activities
  1. Explain the imagery. How is a watermelon like a green Buddha?
  2. What does "the smile" represent?
  3. What do "the teeth" represent?
  4. What kind of imagery is used in this poem—metaphor or simile?