Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Pull A String, A Puppet Moves - Poem by Charles Bukowski

each man must realize
that it can all disappear very
the cat, the woman, the job,
the front tire,
the bed, the walls, the
room; all our necessities
including love,
rest on foundations of sand -
and any given cause,
no matter how unrelated:
the death of a boy in Hong Kong
or a blizzard in Omaha ...
can serve as your undoing.
all your chinaware crashing to the
kitchen floor, your girl will enter
and you'll be standing, drunk,
in the center of it and she'll ask:
my god, what's the matter?
and you'll answer: I don't know,
I don't know ...

Comments about Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski

  • (7/21/2015 8:06:00 PM)

    I love this poem because it depicts how haphazard life can be to those living it. (Report) Reply

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  • Maddy White (4/5/2014 9:13:00 PM)

    This is perhaps one of the most truthful pieces I've had the pleasure of stumbling across. (Report) Reply

  • (9/10/2009 9:44:00 PM)

    this is sooo great! and oh so true. (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2009 6:49:00 PM)

    Larry, I do believe this is a place to make comments on the poem, rather than insult people, including the poet. Your claims have little to back them up. But it's okay, your ability to hate this man and his poetry just makes me love him all the more. (Report) Reply

  • (3/2/2009 6:59:00 AM)

    One of the great things about Bukowski is exactly what you don't like about him. it's not 'poetry' in the flowery stereotypical t.s. eliot sense. It is a man commenting about the fragility of life from a low brow perspective because the flowery poem lover jackasses (maybe even you gorlitz) just don't get that poetry isn't just rhymes. (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2008 7:45:00 AM)

    Well they are both writers so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to compare them would it, I think it was fairly obvious I was saying Shakespeare is quite a good one and Bukowski not so much.

    And Doug surely this is a place to comment the poem rather than insult people.
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  • (10/30/2007 3:15:00 PM)

    GORLITZ: *laughing*....was that accidental or intentional...your mention of comparing Shakespeare with Buk? ? ....if accidental....check out Bukowski's work....'Shakespear Never Did This'
    'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.' William Shakespeare, 'As You Like It' matter your opinion of Buk....HE knew who/what he was...and he let the world know as well

    PAUL: that is EXACTLY what great poetry/poets do....reach out and touch and draw the reader in...

    DOUG: everyone's entitled to their opinion(s) ....even a
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  • (10/17/2007 11:59:00 PM)

    Gorlitz you are a jackass. (Report) Reply

  • (9/30/2007 2:15:00 PM)

    What a great poem blunt but also heart breakingly sad i know i've been there! (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2007 8:37:00 PM)

    As much as I hate him, I think 50 Cent has written better 'poetry' than this garbage. There's nothing poetic about listing a series of words such as cat, woman and job and then recounting stupid events other than the fact that a new line starts mid sentence. This man's no Shakespeare rather a fool. (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2007 3:51:00 PM)

    i don't think that many people see that the simplest smallest things can change a life or several lives and this poem shows that. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2007 9:45:00 PM)

    come on men. no comments. this is one of the great poems this man made.

    all our necessities
    including love,
    rest on foundations of sand -
    and any given cause,
    no matter how unrelated:
    the death of a boy in Hong Kong
    or a blizzard in Omaha...
    can serve as your undoing.

    that is amazin.... so true. so simple to see. dont you see it.
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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