Alone With Everybody Poem by Charles Bukowski

Alone With Everybody

Rating: 3.8

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
and nobody finds the
but keep
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than

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

nobody ever finds
the one.

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

nothing else

Anonymous submission.

Alone With Everybody
Kevin Gibbens 19 March 2012

Anybody else see a Buddhist connection/message in this one?

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Christian Middleton 23 July 2010

Celine Charcoal...i seriously doubt that your work is any better than Bukowski's, in fact, i doubt that you even come relatively close to scratching the surface of his level of skill.

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Paul Cornell 06 January 2010

a very dark & bleak portrayal of life but this is just a pesamistic view anyone who really feels this i recommend you read the art of happiness by dali lama - it literally changed my life. still a very good poem. if anyone gets time check some of mine out. ty

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Smoky Hoss 10 December 2013

The relentless story of humanity; searchers we are born, seekers we die, never quite right, 'tween earth and sky.

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S. Rose 14 July 2013

I think that he's saying we want to connect fully with others, but it's impossible. We want to know everything about them, we want their eyes to tear our skin apart, and their words to crack our bones. But it's impossible to get to know someone completely, because flesh covers the bone.

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Kevin Patrick 25 July 2023

Bukowski was a poets poet a drunk and a wise man. This poem epitomizes the ultimate failure of humanity. Mr Gibbens is right it is very buddhist.

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Limitless Consciousness 08 March 2021

Drinking my coffee and reading this masterpiece. Doesn't get any better than this.

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Rocky Ogle 25 January 2021

The whole life is a search for a little bit of love. If we do not get it, we become psychologically and physically ill. If we experience it, then there is Rhythm in our souls and we dance in those rhythmic steps forgetting ourselves.

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Ask SUN 25 January 2021

'and nobody finds the one'.. not true! people will find the one and then let them go because they are morons and idiots and not true to theor own feeling... morons

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Dr Dillip K Swain 26 December 2020

Flesh searches for more than fleshes.... the expression needs to be ponder on. The poem digs much philosophocal grounds. Very difficult to interpret in one or dimensional plane! However, there are plenty of substances for the readers to instrospect. Critically appreciated.

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