Things I am grateful for #26.

Charles Bukowski.

charles bukowski

Charles Bukowski, August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994 was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. He wrote about depravity, poverty and the ordinary man/woman in the street. Particularly the streets of L.A.

Many critics found Bukowski’s language offensive. But, I think it is to his credit, that he never tried to romanticise either himself or his subject matter.

Are You Drinking?

By Charles Bukowski.

washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook
out again
I write from the bed
as I did last
year.
will see the doctor,
Monday.
“yes, doctor, weak legs, vertigo, head-
aches and my back
hurts.”
“are you drinking?” he will ask.
“are you getting your
exercise, your
vitamins?”
I think that I am just ill
with life, the same stale yet
fluctuating
factors.
even at the track
I watch the horses run by
and it seems
meaningless.
I leave early after buying tickets on the
remaining races.
“taking off?” asks the motel
clerk.
“yes, it’s boring,”
I tell him.
“If you think it’s boring
out there,” he tells me, “you oughta be
back here.”
so here I am
propped up against my pillows
again
just an old guy
just an old writer
with a yellow
notebook.
something is
walking across the
floor
toward
me.
oh, it’s just
my cat
this
time.

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One response to “Things I am grateful for #26.

  1. Anonymous

    Despite my enjoyment / love of English, I’ve never figured out my dislike of poetry. I never ‘hear’ lyrics in music (they sound to me like just another instrument), so maybe there’s a connection.

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