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A Smile To Remember - Poem by Charles Bukowski

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?'

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother
smiled


Comments about A Smile To Remember by Charles Bukowski

  • Gold Star - 346,665 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (4/23/2017 5:42:00 PM)

    Nice one....beautifully place the importance....10

    From then on
    I feel “the smile is divine”
    It takes you near to the heart of people
    Lead life exemplary and participate with their struggle (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,640 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/23/2017 1:37:00 PM)

    saddest smile I ever saw.

    A poem unveiling domestic violence.
    Poem with emotional drive.

    Sylva. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Marie Francis (2/15/2017 12:23:00 PM)

    This evoked so much emotion - pain, sadness, longing, indifference, and subtle depths of each character (Report) Reply

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Poems About Remember

  1. 1. A Smile To Remember , Charles Bukowski
  2. 2. Remember , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  3. 3. I Remember, I Remember , Thomas Hood
  4. 4. Three Things To Remember , William Blake
  5. 5. I Remember , Stevie Smith
  6. 6. Body Remember , Constantine P. Cavafy
  7. 7. Do You Remember...Because I Do , Mariah Williams
  8. 8. Do You Remember? , Sandra Fowler
  9. 9. Remember Him, Whom Passion's Power , George Gordon Byron
  10. 10. Do You Remember Once . . . , Alan Seeger
  11. 11. I Remember Then , C.J. Heck
  12. 12. Remember, Body... , Constantine P. Cavafy
  13. 13. Remember Thee! Remember Thee! , George Gordon Byron
  14. 14. Let Erin Remember The Days Of Old , Thomas Moore
  15. 15. Dear Love, Do You Remember? , Julia Ann Moore
  16. 16. Christine P., If You Read This, I Still .. , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  17. 17. Remember Thee! , Thomas Moore
  18. 18. Remember Me , William Percy French
  19. 19. I Don’t Remember The Word I Wished To Say , Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
  20. 20. Poem (Remember Midsummer: The Fragrance .. , Delmore Schwartz
  21. 21. Try To Remember Some Details , Yehuda Amichai
  22. 22. Do You Remember Me? Or Are You Proud? , Walter Savage Landor
  23. 23. Do I Remember You? , C.J. Heck
  24. 24. Remember That When I Fondle Your Breasts , Uriah Hamilton
  25. 25. I Remember You , shreya koppaka
  26. 26. I Remember Mama , C.J. Heck
  27. 27. °º¤ø, ¸¸, ؤº°`°º¤ø, ¸please Remember Me.. , Kristin Nicole RothDavis
  28. 28. I Remember, I Remember , Franklin Pierce Adams
  29. 29. Dost Thou Remember Ever , Mathilde Blind
  30. 30. ((6) I Remember A Boy , Luis Gil de la Puente
  31. 31. I Remember Zimmy , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  32. 32. Remember Then And Now , Missy Lynn
  33. 33. Well I Remember How You Smiled , Walter Savage Landor
  34. 34. You Remember Ellen , Thomas Moore
  35. 35. Do We Remember Them? , David Harris
  36. 36. I Don'T Even Remember Your Name , Jon Edward Walker
  37. 37. Always Remember , Jessica Nychkalo
  38. 38. She Does Not Remember , Anna Swirszczynska
  39. 39. Nostalgia: Remember The Flower , Amberlee Carter
  40. 40. Remember , Angela Davis
  41. 41. I Hardly Remember , Rafael Guillén
  42. 42. I Remember Well That Summer Place. , archie langford
  43. 43. I Remember My Childhood , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. It Was August I Remember, I Remember Whe.. , Sean Joyce
  45. 45. When You Get Home, Remember Me , Henry Clay Work
  46. 46. I Remember You , A.J. McKinley
  47. 47. Do You Remember? , David Taylor
  48. 48. Remember The Holocaust , Mustafa Marconi
  49. 49. Remember , Reggie fambro mcclain III
  50. 50. Remember Me , Holly Heron
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