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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

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Alone With Everybody

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
and nobody finds the
but keep
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than

there's no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

nothing else

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Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/21/2013 10:06:00 PM)

    This is sad. Powerfully sad.

    10 person liked.
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  • Smoky Hoss (12/10/2013 12:14:00 PM)

    The relentless story of humanity; searchers we are born, seekers we die, never quite right, 'tween earth and sky.

  • M. Warrens (12/8/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    I feel, that its just about longing for the perfect partner for you, you keep trying, hooking up, but each time you don't feel anything but lust (which is sometimes confused for love) for the person, and eventually lose interest and fight and or drink to deal with the fighting, and you continue to feel empty

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/14/2013 2:17:00 AM)

    I think S. Rose has given a more plausible explanation, to which I tend to agree.

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/14/2013 2:15:00 AM)

    I think S. Rose has given a more plausible explanation, to which I tend to agree.

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/14/2013 2:14:00 AM)

    S Rose has given a more plausible explanation, to which I tend to agree.

  • S. Rose (7/14/2013 2:02:00 AM)

    I think that he's saying we want to connect fully with others, but it's impossible. We want to know everything about them, we want their eyes to tear our skin apart, and their words to crack our bones. But it's impossible to get to know someone completely, because flesh covers the bone.

  • Kevin Gibbens (3/19/2012 11:06:00 PM)

    Anybody else see a Buddhist connection/message in this one?

  • Sam Aleks (3/17/2012 1:45:00 AM)

    few people seem to understand that Bukowski could write traditional poetry, he just chose not to. He spoke for the comman LA man, i think the people who live there would agree.

  • Assorted Thoughts (12/31/2011 8:08:00 PM)

    Nihilism just needed a positive/negative spin to be embraced by many
    Quite the feat of an intelligent man to pull off such task
    Nicely done

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