To The Whore Who Took My Poems Poem by Charles Bukowski

To The Whore Who Took My Poems

Rating: 3.4


some say we should keep personal remorse from the
poem,
stay abstract, and there is some reason in this,
but jezus;
twelve poems gone and I don't keep carbons and you have
my
paintings too, my best ones; its stifling:
are you trying to crush me out like the rest of them?
why didn't you take my money? they usually do
from the sleeping drunken pants sick in the corner.
next time take my left arm or a fifty
but not my poems:
I'm not Shakespeare
but sometime simply
there won't be any more, abstract or otherwise;
there'll always be mony and whores and drunkards
down to the last bomb,
but as God said,
crossing his legs,
I see where I have made plenty of poets
but not so very much
poetry.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Robert Quilter 02 October 2008

from the heart and guts.the only poem i've ever given a 10 to on here.And the image of God crossing his legs and lamenting the lack of poetry, is one that will live with me and very apt.

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Bryan Alexander 25 September 2009

chinaski you are missed...

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J. Martinez 25 January 2007

This is a great poem. I have a similar feeling towards my own work.

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Walter Durk 05 October 2007

I love the way he wrote this. It's really good.

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Oliver Brookshore 27 October 2007

Stealing poetry is the same as destroying it, it's as much a part of you as anything else. An great poem, brilliantly written.

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Susan Lacovara 13 April 2020

My most poignant and treasured Christmas gift, given to me by my mother, was a collection of my poetry journals, gone missing (after loaning them to a friend to read) ... tracked down, recovered and presented back to me. It was an exhausting search my mother undertook...And such a loving gesture that time could never erase. poetry come home, , , ,

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Richard Wlodarski 07 June 2018

Only Bukowski could write a poem like this! Excellent!

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Madhabi Banerjee 23 September 2017

o poet, I offer you a great salute. excellent.

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Asia Villaflor 14 June 2016

Hello your such a wonderful poet. Hope you to be my friend. Im already a fan of you. Thanks

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 18 April 2016

next time take my left arm or a fifty but not my poems: I'm not Shakespeare but sometime simply there won't be any more, abstract or otherwise; there'll always be mony and whores and drunkards down to the last bomb, A very nice poem. Thank you poet.

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