Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Bluebird - Poem by Charles Bukowski

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?


Comments about Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

  • Britte Ninad (8/10/2018 1:02:00 AM)


    greatly penned-

    there's a bluebird in my heart that
    wants to get out
    but I'm too tough for him
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  • Glen Kappy (7/26/2018 5:35:00 PM)


    Well, Charles is honest. And good for him he didn’t let the bluebird die. It’s sad when we stifle that which is tender in us for fear of being soft or not cynical enough or not enough of a manly-man. -GK (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2018 3:51:00 PM)


    I was lucky enough to have sung his poems set to music by John Melcher. One can listen to this in Spotify. Charle's dry wit and shocking lines have always fascinated me. He was cult poet of my generation. (Report) (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2018 3:49:00 PM)


    I was lucky enough to have sung his poems set to music by John Melcher. One can listen to this in Spotify. Charles dry wit and shocking lines have always fascinated me. He was cult poem of my generation. (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (7/26/2018 1:56:00 PM)


    A wonderful piece of artwork...10 (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (7/26/2018 12:50:00 PM)


    The duality of life is nicely expressed through this poem. In fact, every one of us hides the true emotions of us. This duality may be a tragedy, yet truth of life. So, it always points to the beauty of life. Brilliantly write.
    Chandan
    (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/26/2018 6:36:00 AM)


    A great poem from a great poet. How different are people inside and outside.
    'but I'm too clever, I only let him out
    at night sometimes
    when everybody's asleep.
    I say, I know that you're there,
    so don't be
    sad.'... the poet has understood that the blue bird is eager to come out. Sometimes he gave it a chance at night. So very nice.10++++
    (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/26/2018 5:26:00 AM)


    ...he's singing a little
    in there, I haven't quite let him
    die
    That's great.10+
    (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (7/26/2018 5:04:00 AM)


    We all hide our blue bird, most of the time. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/26/2018 3:53:00 AM)


    A true poet of the darker songs. It might be that he died because of too many cigarettes and too many whiskey drinks, since his poems are oft melancholic. He deserves to be chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, my well meant Congratulations to the family of CB.as well in Germany as in the USA. Myriad of 10's for the vote. (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2018 3:29:00 AM)


    A sad reflective poem of how we hide our true emotions? .........well penned (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/26/2018 2:31:00 AM)


    Here the blue bird is the mind of the poet and poet is soul himself. Well description has been made starting as......
    there's a bluebird in my heart that
    wants to get out
    but I'm too tough for him,
    I say, stay in there, I'm not going
    to let anybody see
    you.
    Beautiful poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/26/2018 1:07:00 AM)


    Lovely. True Bukowski, personalised.10 (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/26/2018 12:44:00 AM)


    excellent
    the bluebird and the poet here is inscribed as one being
    not separable entity and live as if eternally -

    we sleep together like
    that
    with our
    secret pact

    excellent
    (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (7/26/2018 12:39:00 AM)


    A great poem full of joyful emotions. tony (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2018 3:58:00 PM)


    love pain like vodka and tonic (Report) Reply

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    https:m.poemhunter.compoemi-cant-be-sad check out my poems please ill really appreciate it. (Report) Reply

  • Kiran Pillai (5/30/2018 3:30:00 AM)


    a little sad this is. Trying to show a picture to the world and hiding the picture within yourself. Do people these days wear that blue bird on your sleeve? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 5, 2012


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