Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Poems

121. Curtain 1/13/2003
122. Crucifix In A Deathhand 3/31/2010
123. Cows In Art Class 1/13/2003
124. Consummation Of Grief 1/13/2003
125. Confession 1/3/2003
126. Close To Greatness 1/3/2003
127. Cause And Effect 1/13/2003
128. Carson Mccullers 1/3/2003
129. Bluebird 1/13/2003
130. Big Night On The Town 1/13/2003
131. Be Kind 1/13/2003
132. Back To The Machine Gun 1/3/2003
133. As The Sparrow 1/13/2003
134. As The Poems Go 1/13/2003
135. Are You Drinking? 1/13/2003
136. Another Day 1/13/2003
137. And The Moon And The Stars And The World 1/13/2003
138. An Almost Made Up Poem 1/13/2003
139. Alone With Everybody 1/1/2004
140. About My Very Tortured Friend, Peter 3/31/2010
141. A Smile To Remember 1/3/2003
142. A Radio With Guts 1/13/2003
143. A Following 1/13/2003
144. A Challenge To The Dark 1/13/2003
145. 40,000 1/13/2003
146. 2 Flies 3/31/2010
Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

A Smile To Remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, ...

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These Things

these things that we support most well
have nothing to do with up,
and we do with them
out of boredom or fear or money
or cracked intelligence;
our circle and our candle of light
being small,
so small we cannot bear it,
we heave out with Idea

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