Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Melancholia - Poem by Charles Bukowski

the history of melancholia
includes all of us.

me, I writhe in dirty sheets
while staring at blue walls
and nothing.

I have gotten so used to melancholia
that
I greet it like an old
friend.

I will now do 15 minutes of grieving
for the lost redhead,
I tell the gods.

I do it and feel quite bad
quite sad,
then I rise
CLEANSED
even though nothing
is solved.

that’s what I get for kicking
religion in the ass.

I should have kicked the redhead
in the ass
where her brains and her bread and
butter are
at …

but, no, I’ve felt sad
about everything:
the lost redhead was just another
smash in a lifelong
loss …

I listen to drums on the radio now
and grin.
there is something wrong with me
besides
melancholia.


Comments about Melancholia by Charles Bukowski

  • (10/4/2009 9:02:00 PM)


    it speaks to me..
    every word of it.
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  • (3/15/2008 2:55:00 PM)


    the history of melancholia
    includes all of us.
    me, I writhe in dirty sheets
    while staring at blue walls
    and nothing.
    I have gotten so used to melancholia
    that
    I greet it like an old
    friend.
    I will now do 15 minutes of grieving
    for the lost redhead,
    I tell the gods.
    I do it and feel quite bad
    quite sad,
    then I rise
    CLEANSED
    even though nothing
    is solved.
    that's what I get for kicking
    religion in the ass.
    I should have kicked the redhead
    in the ass
    where her brains and her bread and
    butter are
    at…
    but, no, I've felt sad
    about everything:
    the lost redhead was just another
    smash in a lifelong
    loss…
    I listen to drums on the radio now
    and grin.
    there is something wrong with me
    besides
    melancholia.
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2006 7:38:00 PM)


    true words, pure genius. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 21, 2016


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