Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Alone With Everybody - Poem by Charles Bukowski

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
much
and nobody finds the
one
but keep
looking
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
flesh.

there's no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular
fate.

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

nothing else
fills.


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Comments about Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski

  • (11/4/2019 2:03:00 PM)

    LIVE IM GONNA SUICIDE (Report)Reply

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  • (10/7/2019 4:32:00 PM)

    With this poem, it's not true but it's a true feeling. He even makes reference in his 'Aliens' piece that there are people who live in good health, with good family lives, and comfortably all around for the duration of life until dying a peaceful death during sleep.

    In Bukowski's life, the landfills and graveyards were the only thing that grew with any consistency. It's that sad, uncomfortable reality that most of us on earth never find a 'one' that he processed in his way.
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  • Thomas Case (8/14/2019 10:48:00 AM)

    Bukowski nails the hopelessness of the search for peace and love......it's the futile search. (Report)Reply

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  • Michael Walker (7/27/2019 6:50:00 PM)

    I like this stark picture of life in a modern city, in free verse, where
    'the madhouses fill'
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  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/16/2019 2:08:00 AM)

    finest poem 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/16/2019 1:50:00 AM)

    nobody ever finds
    the one.

    superb poem; great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/7/2019 4:14:00 AM)

    there's no chance
    at all:
    we are all trapped
    by a singular
    fate....// yeah; exactly; lonely we faced and trapped into the brittle of our wit and wisdom
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  • Castellenas John (4/17/2019 8:13:00 AM)

    Bukowski knew the truth. Great meaning in his words. (Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas John (4/12/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    Outstanding poetry by the legend. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/9/2019 12:28:00 PM)

    Woow what a magnus opus. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/7/2019 10:32:00 AM)

    Charles Bukowski sir has changed my life for the better. thank you for without you i would have been dead years ago. you are the sun to my shine, the roti to my palak the har to my IS. bye (Report)Reply

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  • (2/15/2019 3:10:00 AM)

    A sad reality for a lot of people chasing the dream? (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (1/13/2019 7:51:00 PM)

    Very dark and gloomy! If the goal is to express the utmost ugliness and disappointment with life the poem succeeds with high style. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/6/2019 3:11:00 PM)

    Come on, Chuck. It's not always that bad, just sometimes. (Report)Reply

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  • Abby Stringer (10/3/2018 11:10:00 AM)

    I love it's message. Nicely written (Report)Reply

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  • (9/25/2018 2:36:00 PM)

    Philosophy (Report)Reply

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  • Smoky Hoss (9/6/2018 11:52:00 PM)

    Nothing fills the gaping hole.....but, keep looking... Bukowski playing the prophets hand...beautifully, if possibly plausibly... (Report)Reply

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  • Smoky Hoss (9/6/2018 11:50:00 PM)

    Nothing fills the gaping hole.....but, (Report)Reply

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  • (8/18/2018 8:47:00 PM)

    he was one amazing person good night (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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