Bluebird

There's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?

(C. Bukowski)

9 Comments

  1. kangiha
    kangiha ·

    beautiful shots, great quote, Cheers!

  2. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    I am a burning curtain
    I am steaming water
    I am a snake
    I am an edge of a glass that cuts
    I am blood

    Those are my favourite lines from Charles B
    Great album and poet

  3. 134340
    134340 ·

    nice album indeed!

  4. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    so tender!

  5. grazie
    grazie ·

    great! and Bukowski wow

  6. nanni-licitra
    nanni-licitra ·

    bellissima...

  7. raspberry
    raspberry ·

    Thanks for liking one of the greatest writers of all times! @holgardo @grazie @134340 @nanni-licitra @kangiha @wil6ka ;)

  8. mrmostarr
    mrmostarr ·

    you should check Louis Ferdinand Céline... so under rated, but he was one of bukowski's favorite writers... in Pulp there's a character after him!

    This series of pix is great btw, in line with the quote

  9. gabrieldietrich
    gabrieldietrich ·

    Great album and great poem!