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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 - 38,082 Points Richard Wlodarski (8/20/2017 5:52:00 AM)

    To be able to smile in the face of adversity, and remain strong, is a gift from the gods. Bukowski shares this gift and presents it exquisitely. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,075 Points Upendra Majhi (7/24/2017 3:11:00 AM)

    Were the goldfish cause of the mother's misfortune? ? Was mothers last smile good one or sad one? very enigmatic (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,050 Points Adilson Pinto (6/15/2017 1:31:00 PM)

    Charles Bukowski's father always was a stupid one. The poet suffered a lot in his hands! Of course this violence came to influence his poetical works before! A great poem - sad, notwithstanding.... I love Charles very very much! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Remember

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  6. 6. Body Remember , Constantine P. Cavafy
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  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
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  12. 12. Remember, Body... , Constantine P. Cavafy
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  21. 21. Well I Remember How You Smiled , Walter Savage Landor
  22. 22. Do I Remember You? , C.J. Heck
  23. 23. Remember That When I Fondle Your Breasts , Uriah Hamilton
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  30. 30. Dost Thou Remember Ever , Mathilde Blind
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