poet Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

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Hell Is A Lonely Place

he was 65, his wife was 66, had
Alzheimer's disease.

he had cancer of the
mouth.
there were
operations, radiation
treatments
which decayed the bones in his
jaw
which then had to be
wired.

daily he put his wife in
rubber diapers
like a
baby.

unable to drive in his
condition
he had to take a taxi to
the medical
center,
had difficulty speaking,
had to
write the directions
down.

on his last visit
they informed him
there would be another
operation: a bit more
left
cheek and a bit more
tongue.

when he returned
he changed his wife's
diapers
put on the tv
dinners, watched the
evening news
then went to the bedroom, got the
gun, put it to her
temple, fired.

she fell to the
left, he sat upon the
couch
put the gun into his
mouth, pulled the
trigger.

the shots didn't arouse
the neighbors.

later
the burning tv dinners
did.

somebody arrived, pushed
the door open, saw
it.

soon
the police arrived and
went through their
routine, found
some items:

a closed savings
account and
a checkbook with a
balance of
$1.14
suicide, they
deduced.

in three weeks
there were two
new tenants:
a computer engineer
named
Ross
and his wife
Anatana
who studied
ballet.

they looked like another
upwardly mobile
pair.

Topic(s) of this poem: lonely

Poem Submitted: Monday, February 9, 2015

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/7/2020 6:48:00 AM)

    a closed savings
    account and
    a checkbook with a
    balance of
    $1.14
    suicide, they
    deduced. life and its problems.. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/8/2019 12:23:00 PM)

    loneliness, that kills the body and the soul. tony

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  • Ian Lewis Copestick (1/5/2019 2:35:00 PM)

    Painful, but life is painful.

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  • Angela CoxAngela Cox (7/15/2017 1:08:00 AM)

    ahh! this is so great.. it's so realistic and painful.. but it's lovely to read because it's the truth

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (12/23/2015 5:18:00 PM)

    brilliant....Buk often paints vivid pictures of the harsher side of life.

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