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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

  • 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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  • Gold Star - 7,873 Points Tom Allport (12/31/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    a very sad graphic poem of a family trapped. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie catherine harvey (9/30/2016 11:38:00 AM)

    Smiles.....the make-up of the unhappy. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Smile

  1. 1. A Smile To Remember , Charles Bukowski
  2. 2. Hold You In My Smile , Ernestine Northover
  3. 3. Smile, Smile, Smile , Wilfred Owen
  4. 4. Smile At Me , Ernestine Northover
  5. 5. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day , Alfred Edward Housman
  6. 6. A Smile , Kurt Hearth
  7. 7. The Gardener Xl: An Unbelieving Smile , Rabindranath Tagore
  8. 8. Awake To Smile , Robert William Service
  9. 9. Reason To Smile , Lendl Ian Servillon
  10. 10. The Made To Order Smile , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  11. 11. Fake Smile , Victor Osorio
  12. 12. Smile--Smile--Smile , Lealon R. Tate
  13. 13. Woone Smile Mwore , William Barnes
  14. 14. The Very Memory Of Your Smile , LLM Mbatha
  15. 15. Hide Behind A Smile , Ivy Christou
  16. 16. Smile , Anoop Lokkur
  17. 17. Smile Little Man , Sylvia Chidi
  18. 18. A Smile , Jennifer Rondeau
  19. 19. I Came To Buy A Smile—today , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. (smile) , Heather Noble
  21. 21. The Meaning Of My Smile , scarlet red
  22. 22. Smile Please , suchul Jin
  23. 23. Only A Smile , Mathilde Blind
  24. 24. Her Smile Was Shaped Like Other Smiles , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. Times When I Smile , Sandra Osborne
  26. 26. A Smile For A Smile - A Tribute To All , Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  27. 27. Smile! ! * , Becky Ginn
  28. 28. The Mind's Strange Beauty, With Its Smile , Michael Shepherd
  29. 29. Your Smile..... , jibin joseph
  30. 30. Smile For Me , Jay P Narain
  31. 31. Stolen Smile Part 2 , Marie Joyce B. Negapatan
  32. 32. Smile Always! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  33. 33. A Thousand Smile From You , Gil Gregorio
  34. 34. Smile-Once More , prasanna kumari
  35. 35. Please Smile To Me , unknown poet
  36. 36. You Make Me Smile , Jon Marco Ibe
  37. 37. The Lost Smile , prasanna kumari
  38. 38. The Best Smile , Rajaram Ramachandran
  39. 39. Pass A Smile , Sumita Datta
  40. 40. A Baby's Smile , Charlie Spaulding
  41. 41. Smile...! , Midhu .P. Koshy
  42. 42. A Smile Is Smile , Akhtar Jawad
  43. 43. You Smile, And Smile And Smile A Bit More, , Beautiful Lie
  44. 44. Come Smile At Me Again , Herbert Nehrlich
  45. 45. Loving Smile , Otteri Selvakumar
  46. 46. I Wish I Made You Smile , John Kipling Lewis
  47. 47. Smile Woman Smile , Elizabeth Jacqueline Mpanga
  48. 48. Smile, Smile, Smile , Walterrean Salley
  49. 49. Smile Smile Smile , sallam yassin
  50. 50. One Little Smile , B.J. Ayers
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