poet Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

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As The Poems Go

As the poems go into the thousands you
realize that you've created very
little.
it comes down to the rain, the sunlight,
the traffic, the nights and the days of the
years, the faces.
leaving this will be easier than living
it, typing one more line now as
a man plays a piano through the radio,
the best writers have said very
little
and the worst,
far too much.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Poem Edited: Friday, July 15, 2016

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (10/16/2020 12:15:00 AM)

    'the best writers have said very
    little
    and the worst,
    far too much.' - True!
    At the same time may I say, those who are meagrely-worded in speech, can be eloquently fluent in their writings. The vice-versa is also true. Often the verbose speeches are misleading; the writings, seldom!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/15/2020 10:32:00 PM)

    ...the best writers have said very
    little
    and the worst,
    far too much.........
    laden vessel sounds not
    empty vessel sounds much

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/15/2020 4:24:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS to the family of the late great poet Charles Bukowski, having been chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day.. A scintillating poem, only possible by such a great poet. Excellent theme.5 Stars *****

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  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (10/15/2020 3:17:00 AM)

    Nice one.. liked and appreciated.. clear 10

    A successful writer
    Thursday,15th October 2020




    thousands of poems get well published
    and remained finished
    in the memory of readers
    you are now a successful writer

    Dr. Jadia Hasmukh

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  • Deluke Muwanigwa (10/15/2020 2:48:00 AM)

    I mean has any one written a poem on behalf of Covid or an alien arriving. A suns ray from when it takes off from the sun to reach us. A poem about a poem. We tend to limit our scope to interpersonal relationships. Dream imagine go wild and i reckon you cant run of poetry. And then also mix reality with fantasy. Laugh. Humour is a great source of poetry

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  • Deluke Muwanigwa (10/15/2020 2:41:00 AM)

    Yup. Thats right. Going round in square circles so to speak. As usual being a smart alleck i differ in opinion. What causes poets to have nothing to say is our self imposed limit of imagination and our desire to tell only personal stories and being politically correct. As poets we should be free to offend and amend. Wear some one else shoe etc.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/15/2020 2:35:00 AM)

    It.s a true message of a Poet who has started compose many poems to achieve something remarkable but cannot do so even after writing thousands of poems on all subjects! Indeed one who says too much, has nothing as fact on the platter! Thanks for sharing this as reminder to many!

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  • George Krokos (10/15/2020 1:55:00 AM)

    I totally agree with the above and add that it's not the quantity but the quality of whatever one has created whether it be poetry, prose or other works of art which determines what one will be remembered by and how people have related to it.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/15/2020 1:22:00 AM)

    Rain and sunlight! ! !

    Muse of the rainbow to enhance this poem.



    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (8/28/2019 7:25:00 AM)

    Yes! What ever I write have been written and what ever I do has been done before but that doesn’t stop me or anybody else from doing it all over again. It didn’t stop Charles either!

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  • richard hexem (2/12/2018 6:16:00 PM)

    so, enjoy reading Bukowski. so what? that make me bad, mad or indifferent?

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (11/20/2017 1:33:00 PM)

    The man playing from the little radio begs for the words his piano is speaking, and someone, in rain or shine, through the ages has to try to say it. We just keep trying to get it right, until we leave...

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  • Georgios Venetopoulos (10/25/2017 10:17:00 AM)

    Was Bukowski a poet?

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (10/31/2016 8:56:00 AM)

    True to the heart's content poem...like a lot-10

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/21/2016 8:24:00 PM)

    ........love the title...and love the theme....great write ★

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  • Richard ProvencherRichard Provencher (9/6/2014 9:26:00 PM)

    He's seems to question the value or intent or impact his work has created. I enjoy the succinctness of this poem.

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  • Mazhari David (5/21/2014 5:15:00 AM)

    Only solitary people can understand insanity**

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  • Steven Harris (3/19/2013 2:48:00 PM)

    I read this alot, its inspiring. A mad genius indeed. I might even get this tattoed on my arm.

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  • Anna Kulpa (2/6/2013 8:31:00 AM)

    I am insane too. Now not alone. Thank you Charles.

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  • Lorenzo A. Fernandez Jr. (8/12/2012 11:39:00 PM)

    profound truth in simple words, bukowski is number one in this kind of style.

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