Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

An Almost Made Up Poem - Poem by Charles Bukowski

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny
they are small, and the fountain is in France
where you wrote me that last letter and
I answered and never heard from you again.
you used to write insane poems about
ANGELS AND GOD, all in upper case, and you
knew famous artists and most of them
were your lovers, and I wrote back, it' all right,
go ahead, enter their lives, I' not jealous
because we' never met. we got close once in
New Orleans, one half block, but never met, never
touched. so you went with the famous and wrote
about the famous, and, of course, what you found out
is that the famous are worried about
their fame - not the beautiful young girl in bed
with them, who gives them that, and then awakens
in the morning to write upper case poems about
ANGELS AND GOD. we know God is dead, they' told
us, but listening to you I wasn' sure. maybe
it was the upper case. you were one of the
best female poets and I told the publishers,
editors, " her, print her, she' mad but she'
magic. there' no lie in her fire." I loved you
like a man loves a woman he never touches, only
writes to, keeps little photographs of. I would have
loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a
cigarette and listened to you piss in the bathroom,
but that didn' happen. your letters got sadder.
your lovers betrayed you. kid, I wrote back, all
lovers betray. it didn' help. you said
you had a crying bench and it was by a bridge and
the bridge was over a river and you sat on the crying
bench every night and wept for the lovers who had
hurt and forgotten you. I wrote back but never
heard again. a friend wrote me of your suicide
3 or 4 months after it happened. if I had met you
I would probably have been unfair to you or you
to me. it was best like this.

Comments about An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski

  • Sma Vousten (8/10/2018 10:09:00 AM)

    My favorite poem, from my fav Buk. (Report) Reply

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  • Britte Ninad (8/10/2018 1:05:00 AM)

    wonderfully penned-

    I would have
    loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a
    cigarette and listened to you in the bathroom,
    but that didn' happen.
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/23/2018 8:20:00 PM)

    Wow! Here's a poet who writes simply but fascinatingly of simple things. (Report) Reply

  • John Doyle (4/21/2018 4:11:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Pen Anthony (12/18/2016 9:41:00 PM)

    ” I loved you
    like a man loves a woman he never touches, only
    writes to, keeps little photographs of.... CLASSIC
    (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/22/2016 8:03:00 AM)

    always amazing
    total honesty that is tough to find, even in poetry: if I had met you I would probably have been unfair to you or you to me. (Report) Reply

  • Unknown Spirit (8/25/2016 1:34:00 AM)

    love you like a man loves a woman he never touches only wites to or keeps little photographs of.
    moving line of this inspirational poem. it showes essence of true love which is totally beyond ordinary sorts.
    far from any lust and physical charms and apart from transitory and temporary loves.
    (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (8/16/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    A poem that is full of hidden truths and innuendos. Strictly Bukowski. Compelling. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (11/23/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    beautiful...through Buk's tough exterior, his romantic heart shines through. (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (9/23/2015 5:52:00 AM)

    An extraordinary poem.. I couldn't even guess at all that it would end like that.. Bewildered, shocked, and still somehow, I am mildly amused.. (Report) Reply

    Mariana Kirk (11/12/2017 7:03:00 AM)

    What a wonderful comment! I agree!

  • Nel Omofolarin (7/29/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    Honestly, there is brilliance in this man's mind....I read just one of his works and I haven't been able to conqure the almost irresistible urge to read more of Bukowski's work...Genius! And this poem is another wonderful piece from a great mind (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2015 7:04:00 AM)

    This is what I like about Bukowski, no BS just the real deal. (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Stoopid (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2014 10:35:00 PM)

    This is depressing, not the Bukowski I'm accustomed to - and so well written. I wonder which of his (many) books it's from. It confirms my hope to read more of his work, but I hope some of it is more cheerful. He was a man of many, many words. (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    ..........this poem is keeping it true and so honest....would have loved, if he could have had a chance to meet her.... (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2014 4:03:00 AM)

    The famous are worried about their fame... and the not famous are worried about their fame too... silly world made of pride and vanity* * (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2014 4:42:00 AM)

    A very good poem but where the numbers in the video recording actually missing in poem. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (5/5/2014 3:51:00 AM)

    Nice one Charles I absolutely like it (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2014 9:56:00 PM)

    He makes it so it doesn't feel like a true tragedy. (Report) Reply

  • (6/23/2010 2:46:00 PM)

    @ Lee Crowell

    oh man, i hope you are not serious at all.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 16, 2017

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