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,
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Comments about Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

  • Damion Hamilton (3/3/2018 6:03:00 PM)

    love this. I think what is saying, is that he couldn't really be completely honest with his audience. And hits you with, I don't weep do you? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/12/2018 1:46:00 PM)

    nice :) I like it the writing is good love it (Report)Reply

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  • (1/10/2018 1:45:00 PM)

    Add a nice poem,i can feel it,don,t let it out such a wonderful thoughtful writing... (Report)Reply

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  • (11/21/2017 10:25:00 PM)

    What a load of shit! (Report)Reply

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  • (9/4/2017 3:32:00 AM)

    You're full of interesting observations. But you're also a prisoner of pessimism. Try seeing the happy side of life, search for it, like a woman has to. Look in the mirror each morning and say You can either be a miserable sod all day, or you can be the reason somebody smiles all day. What's it going to be? Take on board that old Irish saying, Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone. Yes, life is a kick up the arse, but you've still got to live it, give it your best shot. Break the habit of a lifetime, write a truly happy poem. Have your bluebird on your shoulder. Zippidy-doo-dah. (Report)Reply

    (6/17/2018 4:37:00 PM)

    I'd rather be the sincere miserable sod, with my last shred of humanity (my Bluebird) left intact yet unseen, rather than being full of misplaced optimism.

    (5/17/2018 5:17:00 AM)

    You realize he's dead, right?

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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/19/2017 11:59:00 PM)

    There's a bluebird in my heart...

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.


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  • (1/2/2017 2:47:00 PM)

    a very emotional poem, and tis true we all have bluebirds trying to get out. (Report)Reply

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  • Stephani Kievaughan (9/9/2016 11:50:00 AM)

    Their is a hollywood movie that makes reference to the blue bird of happiness. Also a shirley temple movie that does the same. Yet my main purpose ofcommenting here is to profess my favor for this exceedingly favored poet. My heart, My spirit. Adores this poet. Exaults his style of inspiration to write. also i will humbly ask anyone who finds this to also read my poems. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/24/2016 2:33:00 PM)

    ......beautiful, the blue bird is a beautiful metaphor of good ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Jozef Neumann (4/14/2016 3:07:00 PM)

    He finally made himself heard. Very sweet... (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/2/2015 2:06:00 PM)

    Metaphor Bluebird is amazing............We all keep it calm and down and let it come out in open....... (Report)Reply

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  • Souren Mondal (9/26/2015 11:08:00 PM)

    Somewhere around we all have that bluebird inside us, but very few could actually say I'm too tough for him... It's the bluebird that is too tough for most of us, unfortunately... (Report)Reply

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  • Thomas Case (7/8/2015 11:13:00 AM)

    Buk was amazing. He always had the human touch. (Report)Reply

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  • Xelam Kan™ (4/5/2015 8:13:00 PM)

    he was an innocent genius, interpret and understood so badly...a posthumous legeng, (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2015 12:43:00 PM)

    I wish I could write a poem like this (Report)Reply

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  • (2/12/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    Leyend (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2015 10:13:00 AM)

    Touching. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/1/2014 2:19:00 AM)

    Well, with this poem he let the bluebird out, and it's flying around freely and singing cheerily. It's also Bukowski at his best. Thank you for providing it. (

    I assume it has now been edited to include the whole poem, for the text seems to correspond almost exactly with those of others submitted as corrections.)

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  • Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:01:00 PM)

    This is a good poem, keep it up charles (Report)Reply

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  • (12/29/2013 6:06:00 PM)

    blue birds don't gather but they know their own. (Report)Reply

    (4/11/2015 6:08:00 PM)

    I love this comment

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