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An Almost Made Up Poem - Poem by Charles Bukowski

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny
they are small, and the fountain is in France
where you wrote me that last letter and
I answered and never heard from you again.
you used to write insane poems about
ANGELS AND GOD, all in upper case, and you
knew famous artists and most of them
were your lovers, and I wrote back, it’ all right,
go ahead, enter their lives, I’ not jealous
because we’ never met. we got close once in
New Orleans, one half block, but never met, never
touched. so you went with the famous and wrote
about the famous, and, of course, what you found out
is that the famous are worried about
their fame –– not the beautiful young girl in bed
with them, who gives them that, and then awakens
in the morning to write upper case poems about
ANGELS AND GOD. we know God is dead, they’ told
us, but listening to you I wasn’ sure. maybe
it was the upper case. you were one of the
best female poets and I told the publishers,
editors, “ her, print her, she’ mad but she’
magic. there’ no lie in her fire.” I loved you
like a man loves a woman he never touches, only
writes to, keeps little photographs of. I would have
loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a
cigarette and listened to you piss in the bathroom,
but that didn’ happen. your letters got sadder.
your lovers betrayed you. kid, I wrote back, all
lovers betray. it didn’ help. you said
you had a crying bench and it was by a bridge and
the bridge was over a river and you sat on the crying
bench every night and wept for the lovers who had
hurt and forgotten you. I wrote back but never
heard again. a friend wrote me of your suicide
3 or 4 months after it happened. if I had met you
I would probably have been unfair to you or you
to me. it was best like this.


Comments about An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski

  • Veteran Poet - 1,963 Points Mohammad Maleki (8/25/2016 1:34:00 AM)

    love you like a man loves a woman he never touches only wites to or keeps little photographs of.
    moving line of this inspirational poem. it showes essence of true love which is totally beyond ordinary sorts.
    far from any lust and physical charms and apart from transitory and temporary loves. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 6,442 Points Patricia Grantham (8/16/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    A poem that is full of hidden truths and innuendos. Strictly Bukowski. Compelling. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,707 Points Thomas Case (11/23/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    beautiful...through Buk's tough exterior, his romantic heart shines through. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Poem

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  2. 2. Million Man March Poem , Maya Angelou
  3. 3. A Silly Poem , Spike Milligan
  4. 4. The Saddest Poem , Pablo Neruda
  5. 5. Saddest Poem , Pablo Neruda
  6. 6. A Birthday Poem , Ted Kooser
  7. 7. I Am Offering This Poem , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  8. 8. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  9. 9. Kinetic Poem No.2 , Roger McGough
  10. 10. Poem , Simon Armitage
  11. 11. Poem In Praise Of Menstruation , Lucille Clifton
  12. 12. A Poem For Myself , Etheridge Knight
  13. 13. Rhyming Poem , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. Poem In October , Dylan Thomas
  15. 15. Poem For A Poem , Naseer Ahmed Nasir
  16. 16. Love Poem , Richard Brautigan
  17. 17. Night Poem , Margaret Atwood
  18. 18. Poem On His Birthday , Dylan Thomas
  19. 19. Love Poem , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  20. 20. To Make A Dadist Poem , Tristan Tzara
  21. 21. The Poem You Asked For , Larry Levis
  22. 22. Poem (As The Cat) , William Carlos Williams
  23. 23. A Dramatic Poem , William Butler Yeats
  24. 24. Poem 1 , Edmund Spenser
  25. 25. Other Lives And Dimensions And Finally A.. , Bob Hicok
  26. 26. In A Poem , Robert Frost
  27. 27. Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing , William Stafford
  28. 28. Poem For My 43rd Birthday , Charles Bukowski
  29. 29. Poem , Elizabeth Bishop
  30. 30. Poem For Maya , Carolyn Forché
  31. 31. A Quiet Poem , Frank O'Hara
  32. 32. Poem Of Night , Galway Kinnell
  33. 33. Love Poem , Louise Gluck
  34. 34. Willow Poem , William Carlos Williams
  35. 35. God, A Poem , James Fenton
  36. 36. The Lost Baby Poem , Lucille Clifton
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  38. 38. Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) , Frank O'Hara
  39. 39. A Descriptive Poem On The Silvery Tay , William Topaz McGonagall
  40. 40. Poem , Donald Justice
  41. 41. Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!) , Frank O'Hara
  42. 42. Michael: A Pastoral Poem , William Wordsworth
  43. 43. Poem Written At Morning , Wallace Stevens
  44. 44. A Poem For The End Of The Century , Czeslaw Milosz
  45. 45. Beauty: [notes For An Unfinished Poem] , Wilfred Owen
  46. 46. Poem 24 , Edmund Spenser
  47. 47. Heroic Poem In Praise Of Wine , Hilaire Belloc
  48. 48. The Next Poem , Dana Gioia
  49. 49. Poem For Easter , Steve Turner
  50. 50. Endless Poem , Yehuda Amichai
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