Eat Your Heart Out Poem by Charles Bukowski

Eat Your Heart Out

Rating: 3.2


I've come by, she says, to tell you
that this is it. I'm not kidding, it's
over. this is it.
I sit on the couch watching her arrange
her long red hair before my bedroom
mirror.
she pulls her hair up and
piles it on top of her head-
she lets her eyes look at
my eyes-
then she drops her hair and
lets it fall down in front of her face.
we go to bed and I hold her
speechlessly from the back
my arm around her neck
I touch her wrists and hands
feel up to
her elbows
no further.
she gets up.
this is it, she says,
this will do. well,
I'm going.
I get up and walk her
to the door
just as she leaves
she says,
I want you to buy me
some high-heeled shoes
with tall thin spikes,
black high-heeled shoes.
no, I want them
red.
I watch her walk down the cement walk
under the trees
she walks all right and
as the pointsettas drip in the sun
I close the door.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Marcy Jarvis 03 October 2005

I-want, I-want-Charles-In-Charge-of-me

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P. Mason 01 December 2016

Who has endured these sorts of endings that never end can understand this poem. I like it!

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Lyn Paul 10 October 2018

A beautiful expressive write. May you RIP Charles Bukowski

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Ramotlhaba Chrisjan 10 October 2018

This poem is fun and amazing. Thank you for bringing such art into our lives. May your soul rest in peace

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Dominic Windram 10 October 2019

Great poem from the guy who once said, ' Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.'. I guess he has a point!

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Malabika Ray Choudhury 10 October 2019

It's hard to describe this poem - dramatic? Kind of reminded me of Robert Browning's Porphyria's Lover - the famous dramatic monologue!

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Dr Antony Theodore 10 October 2019

I want you to buy me some high-heeled shoes with tall thin spikes, black high-heeled shoes. no, I want them red... very fine poem. tony

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Uche Nwanze 10 October 2019

'I watch her walk down the cement walk under the trees She walks all right...' You killed it, your expressions leaves a lasting impression.

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Anil Kumar Panda 10 October 2019

Nice poem. Enjoyed the finish. Thanks.

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Mahtab Bangalee 10 October 2019

I touch her wrists and hands feel up to her elbows no further. she gets up...// so loving expression

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