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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

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As The Sparrow

To give life you must take life,
and as our grief falls flat and hollow
upon the billion-blooded sea
I pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
with white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow
did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be
young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
I hated you when it would have taken less courage
to love.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • * Sunprincess * (2/1/2014 11:42:00 PM)

    .....a beautiful poem with a great message...

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  • marvin brato (10/27/2013 10:04:00 PM)

    Brilliant write by Charles!

  • Jonny Brackney (12/13/2011 9:16:00 AM)

    Charles Bukowski is by far my favourite writer.

  • Mark Gooding (8/3/2011 9:22:00 AM)

    This poem emotes depressing images. Too negative for my taste.

  • Deanna Hughes (9/14/2008 12:18:00 AM)

    Charles Bukowski.
    What a wonderful man you were.
    This poem, nothing but truth.

  • Sharon Lewis (5/4/2006 2:17:00 PM)

    This poem struck a chord of sadness and longing. As sad as Bukowski is, we have all been there. Thankfully, not to live.

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