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A Smile To Remember - Poem by Charles Bukowski

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, smile!
why don't you ever smile?'

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother
smiled


Comments about A Smile To Remember by Charles Bukowski

  • Veteran Poet - 1,963 Points Mohammad Maleki (8/25/2016 12:33:00 AM)

    Depiction of tragedy across manifestation of majestic words.
    atrocious father
    Selfhumbling mother
    Transitory of life span (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,608 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (8/16/2016 10:05:00 AM)

    It shows men chauvinism in a very transparent way.I liked this poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 69,191 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/15/2016 10:08:00 AM)

    A great poem and concern about the dear mother and the situation she suffered but maintaining equanimity and asking the boy to be happy. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Smile

  1. 1. A Smile To Remember , Charles Bukowski
  2. 2. Hold You In My Smile , Ernestine Northover
  3. 3. Smile At Me , Ernestine Northover
  4. 4. Smile, Smile, Smile , Wilfred Owen
  5. 5. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day , Alfred Edward Housman
  6. 6. Reason To Smile , Lendl Ian Servillon
  7. 7. The Gardener Xl: An Unbelieving Smile , Rabindranath Tagore
  8. 8. A Smile , Kurt Hearth
  9. 9. The Made To Order Smile , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  10. 10. Awake To Smile , Robert William Service
  11. 11. A Smile For A Smile - A Tribute To All , Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  12. 12. Hide Behind A Smile , Ivy Christou
  13. 13. Fake Smile , Victor Osorio
  14. 14. The Meaning Of My Smile , scarlet red
  15. 15. Smile--Smile--Smile , Lealon R. Tate
  16. 16. A Smile , Jennifer Rondeau
  17. 17. Times When I Smile , Sandra Osborne
  18. 18. Pass A Smile , Sumita Datta
  19. 19. (smile) , Heather Noble
  20. 20. The Very Memory Of Your Smile , LLM Mbatha
  21. 21. I Came To Buy A Smile—today , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. The Best Smile , Rajaram Ramachandran
  23. 23. Smile-Once More , prasanna kumari
  24. 24. Smile , Anoop Lokkur
  25. 25. Smile Little Man , Sylvia Chidi
  26. 26. I Smile , Mariana Zita
  27. 27. The Lost Smile , prasanna kumari
  28. 28. Smile For Me , Jay P Narain
  29. 29. Woone Smile Mwore , William Barnes
  30. 30. Smile Please , suchul Jin
  31. 31. Only A Smile , Mathilde Blind
  32. 32. Smile, Smile, Smile , Walterrean Salley
  33. 33. A Smile Is Smile , Akhtar Jawad
  34. 34. Her Smile Was Shaped Like Other Smiles , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. The Mind's Strange Beauty, With Its Smile , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Smile Woman Smile , Elizabeth Jacqueline Mpanga
  37. 37. Smile! ! * , Becky Ginn
  38. 38. Peeling Eggs Makes Me Smile , Mary Nagy
  39. 39. Come Smile At Me Again , Herbert Nehrlich
  40. 40. Smile , Michael Samad
  41. 41. Smile , Frantz Dorsain
  42. 42. Please Smile To Me , unknown poet
  43. 43. Your Smile..... , jibin joseph
  44. 44. Mother's Smile , Herbert Nehrlich
  45. 45. Stolen Smile Part 2 , Marie Joyce B. Negapatan
  46. 46. Smile Once More , Ernestine Northover
  47. 47. I Wish I Made You Smile , John Kipling Lewis
  48. 48. Smile Always! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  49. 49. A Thousand Smile From You , Gil Gregorio
  50. 50. Sunshine Of Your Smile , David Harris
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