poet Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

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A Challenge To The Dark

shot in the eye
shot in the brain
shot in the ****
shot like a flower in the dance

amazing how death wins hands down
amazing how much credence is given to idiot forms of life

amazing how laughter has been drowned out
amazing how viciousness is such a constant

I must soon declare my own war on their war
I must hold to my last piece of ground
I must protect the small space I have made that has allowed me life

my life not their death
my death not their death…

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Poem Edited: Saturday, April 5, 2014

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/15/2019 10:04:00 PM)

    " My life not their death
    My death not their death"
    Intriguing yet thought provoking poem.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (5/15/2019 6:10:00 PM)

    One of the best poems by Charles Bukowski.......

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (5/15/2019 1:51:00 PM)

    A powerful and poignant write.
    Liked the ultimate stanza. Thought provoking lines.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/15/2019 12:59:00 PM)

    my life not their death
    my death not their death…touching expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem on Life

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/15/2019 12:32:00 PM)

    " Like a flower in the dance" ! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/15/2019 12:23:00 PM)

    I must soon declare my own war on their war
    I must hold to my last piece of ground
    I must protect the small space I have made that has allowed me life
    a very fine poem. tony

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (5/15/2019 9:46:00 AM)

    Great poem. Thought provoking about life and death.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/15/2019 2:20:00 AM)

    my life not their death
    my death not their death.../// great and sublime expression

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  • kayla (2/22/2019 10:11:00 AM)

    amazing i could never write like that woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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  • lunat eclipes (5/11/2018 2:04:00 PM)

    i love it keep making them even if their are bad comments

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  • Shockspring (2/8/2018 5:32:00 PM)

    Whats with the censoring

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    It''s me guys...(1/14/2019 7:56:00 PM)

    its saying shot in the but idk they cant say it?

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/21/2016 7:57:00 PM)

    ............my favorite line ★ shot like a flower in the dance

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/12/2014 4:34:00 AM)

    nice poem but the subject is death and such sadness.

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (5/11/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    VNice one very good

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/9/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    Wow this is a good one

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  • Rebecca LytleRebecca Lytle (5/1/2014 6:00:00 PM)

    And also Rachael Vacharasovan is a twit.

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  • Rebecca LytleRebecca Lytle (5/1/2014 5:59:00 PM)

    Who the hell is going around thinking they are good enough to bleep the profanity in Bukowski's poems? ! ? ! ? BECAUSE I ASSURE YOU, WHOEVER YOU ARE, THAT YOU ARE NOT AND NEVER WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH TO BLEEP BUKOWSKI may God have mercy on your poor, misguided, ignorant soul! ! ! !

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  • Alistair PlintAlistair Plint (11/2/2012 8:57:00 AM)

    Dear Site Manager,

    I refuse to comment on the poem you have posted, because it is not Charles Bukawski's poem...
    this however is...

    shot in the eye
    shot in the brain
    shot in the ass
    shot like a flower in the dance

    amazing how death wins hands down
    amazing how much credence is given to idiot forms of life

    amazing how laughter has been drowned out
    amazing how viciousness is such a constant

    I must soon declare my own war on their war
    I must hold to my last piece of ground
    I must protect the small space I have made that has allowed me life

    my life not their death
    my death not their death...

    You lazy effort of leaving out parts of classic work is really upsetting, it is just rude and offensive.

    Al.

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    Dwight Carr (2/3/2016 1:49:00 AM)

    Thank you for that.

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  • Zaraya Berry (6/24/2012 7:10:00 PM)

    i thought that this poem was pretty unusual but cool

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  • Ciarli Ling (6/2/2012 6:07:00 AM)

    What a comment: Suck a dick!
    Bur is this legal,
    Ok, grow up, , , err!

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