Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Sway With Me - Poem by Charles Bukowski

sway with me, everything sad -
madmen in stone houses
without doors,
lepers steaming love and song
frogs trying to figure
the sky;
sway with me, sad things -
fingers split on a forge
old age like breakfast shell
used books, used people
used flowers, used love
I need you
I need you
I need you:
it has run away
like a horse or a dog,
dead or lost
or unforgiving.


Comments about Sway With Me by Charles Bukowski

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/16/2016 11:35:00 PM)


    Old age! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/16/2016 8:01:00 AM)


    The ease of reading reading B is not just his simplified idiom. His ideas are 'a frog trying to figure out the sky' fascinating. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/16/2016 7:00:00 AM)


    Love it. No one writes like Bukowski. He is an original. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 17, 2012


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