poet Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

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The Great Escape

listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a
bucket?
no, I told him.
well, what happens is that now and then one crab
will climb up on top of the others
and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket,
then, just as he's about to escape
another crab grabs him and pulls him back
down.
really? I asked.
really, he said, and this job is just like that, none
of the others want anybody to get out of
here. that's just the way it is
in the postal service!
I believe you, I said.
just then the supervisor walked up and said,
you fellows were talking.
there is no talking allowed on this
job.
I had been there for eleven and one-half
years.
I got up off my stool and climbed right up the
supervisor
and then I reached up and pulled myself right
out of there.
it was so easy it was unbelievable.
but none of the others followed me.
and after that, whenever I had crab legs
I thought about that place.
I must have thought about that place
maybe 5 or 6 times
before I switched to lobster.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/5/2020 2:19:00 AM)

    whenever I had crab legs
    I thought about that place.
    I must have thought about that place
    maybe 5 or 6 times
    before I switched to lobster. interesting.. poem of Bukowski. tony

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

    it was so easy it was unbelievable.
    but none of the others followed me. a very good poem. tony

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  • A2j2tiwari (12/18/2018 12:21:00 PM)

    I can't understand what he means by Lobsters

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (11/26/2018 1:36:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem 10

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  • Isaiah m (10/17/2018 2:13:00 PM)

    I think the poem I just read was asome because the words you put In there write more so I can look at them to see how cool they are

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    MikeyMike(11/21/2018 7:15:00 AM)

    Bukowski has been dead for many years, buddy.

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  • Celso Moskowitz (10/10/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    That ending is the most elegant middle finger I've ever seen in words. Class act, Mr. Bukowski.

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (9/7/2018 12:11:00 AM)

    Change is the only answer; even change from change. Nothing in this world ever, nor was ever meant to, remain the same. Bukowski, the ever-changing, remaining prophet.

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  • Some guy doing a project (4/9/2018 12:11:00 PM)

    Finally! I found a poem he made without cuss words!

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/23/2016 6:59:00 PM)

    ............amazing ★

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