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.


Anonymous submission.


Comments about Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski

  • 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

  • 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

  • Smoky Hoss (9/6/2018 11:50:00 PM)


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

  • (8/18/2018 8:47:00 PM)


    he was one amazing person good night (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (8/10/2018 12:52:00 AM)


    Mastermind greatly written-


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

  • (8/8/2018 1:01:00 AM)


    yOOOOO this was fire! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2018 3:43:00 PM)


    Do you want people to care about your chess games and your Chardonnay. Then you missed the point. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 5:19:00 PM)


    I instantly totally related to this poem. it is like my life summed up in just a few paragraphs... i love to read it while drinking my Chardonnay 82' and playing chess with a russian grandmaster. oh what a lovely experience!
    Cheers!
    P.S.: you all stink!
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2018 7:28:00 AM)


    Astounding. Cuts right to the core. No surplus in Bukowski's work. Just what matters. The essential. I love it so much. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/7/2018 9:17:00 AM)


    What a great poem....full of truth.👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/23/2018 6:11:00 PM)


    Such a fine poem.... really nice (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 9:28:00 PM)


    Fineeeeeeeeeeeere is the time (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2018 11:21:00 PM)


    I absolutely loathe the fact that I can totally relate to this poem... smh. (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2018 2:10:00 AM)


    One of my fav poems too..luv it. (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2018 3:51:00 AM)


    Good one,Born is alone and dies is alone (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2018 10:55:00 AM)


    thiss film talk about my - yes? (Report) Reply

  • Damion Hamilton (2/13/2018 6:18:00 PM)


    This poem left a powerful impression on me (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2018 10:30:00 AM)


    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

    This is amazing and beautifully written
    (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/9/2017 9:31:00 PM)


    So powerful penned scenes every where. Covered all (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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