Saturday, January 23, 2010

charles bukowski « Songs of Experience

charles bukowski « Songs of ExperienceHis poem, SPLASHING.

Charles Bukowski, American Author ~ 1920 - 1994

Charles Bukowski, American Author ~ 1920 - 1994 - Charles Bukowski - Splashing - Charles Bukowski - Splashing


Where would I rather be
than here
among my tools
and four-legged friends
surrounded by books
and drawings
in double mats and
flat black frames.

I’ve got twenty more years
by my count
to write more words
and pass on some things
I’ve learned along the way.

Beyond my rooms
the street
and my favorite stops.
The café, coffee house, post office,
and the bank where they call
me by my first name.

It’s all within a few steps,
the mountain panorama
the orange sky in the morning
the winter coat on my retriever,
the loving dark eyes
and white muzzle of my oldest dog.

In the naked branches of the tree
there are always young birds
bouncing in the branches
waiting to sneak a drink at my dog’s pail.

In the yard, winter grass
hints of early buds and
the rich, dark soil waiting for seed.

Sorry if I don’t always pay attention
to your calls or mail
or accept your invitations to
a party or a celebration.
Sorry, I’m so content here
among my tools
and four-legged friends
and books
and my drawings
in double mats and
flat black frames.

[Special thanks to Billy Collins
for showing the way. January, 2010.]

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Saturday, January 16, 2010


His fiance wrote:
In case anything happens to Tim
please let me know via email, please.
Thank you.

I wrote to Tim to say: OK. I will file this away in case you die.
If I die, don't tell anyone.
I want it to be a surprise.

Tell your fiance I have the information and
I've prepared a mailing label for a letter,
since an email notice of death is a bit too coarse.
Inside is a brief, but tasteful note from me that says:
"Tim is taking a dirt nap. Do not disturb."

January, 2010


He wrote, before taking his life:

No more games. No more bombs.
No more walking. No more fun. No more swimming.
67. That is 17 years past 50.
17 more than I Needed or wanted. Boring.
I am always bitchy.
No Fun –for anybody. 67.
You are getting Greedy.
Act your old age. Relax -- This won’t hurt.

He shot himself four days later.

Written in black marker, the note was titled,
“Football Season Is Over.”

[Hunter S. Thompson.]

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Friedrich Nietzsche

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

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