On that Charles Bukowski Poetry Kick

Guys, I have a confession. Until recently I’ve never been much of a poetry guy. My mother writes poetry in Spanish and has even published a book, and my best friend growing up also wrote poetry (and he still might for all i know) I just personally never felt a connection with the art form. Nothing against it, just not my thing – until recently.

For pretty obvious reasons I’ve for sure been in my feelings way more often than ever before, and while i know things have been getting better everyday, there are somedays when i have trouble and still feel like I’m missing something. In any case I’ve recently come across the work of Charles Bukowski and i couldn’t appreciate it more.

Below are two poems I’ve been reading on repeat – and at the bottom is a bonus poem by William Carlos Williams, who someone i use to know shared with me not to long ago.

Raw With Love
little dark girl with
kind eyes
when it comes time to
use the knife
I won’t flinch and
i won’t blame
you,
as I drive along the shore alone
as the palms wave,
the ugly heavy palms,
as the living does not arrive
as the dead do not leave,
i won’t blame you,
instead
i will remember the kisses
our lips raw with love
and how you gave me
everything you had
and how I
offered you what was left of
me,
and I will remember your small room
the feel of you
the light in the window
your records
your books
our morning coffee
our noons our nights
our bodies spilled together
sleeping
the tiny flowing currents
immediate and forever
your leg my leg
your arm my arm
your smile and the warmth
of you
who made me laugh
again.
little dark girl with kind eyes
you have no
knife. the knife is
mine and i won’t use it
yet.

For Jane
225 days under grass
and you know more than i.
they have long taken your blood,
you are a dry stick in a basket.
is this how it works?
in this room
the hours of love
still make shadows,

when you left
you took almost
everything.
I kneel in the nights
before tigers
that will not let me be.

what you were
will not happen again.
the tigers have found me
and I do not care.

Bonus Poem – A Love Song

What have I to say to you
When we shall meet?
Yet—
I lie here thinking of you.

The stain of love
Is upon the world.
Yellow, yellow, yellow,
It eats into the leaves,
Smears with saffron
The horned branches that lean
Heavily
Against a smooth purple sky.

There is no light—
Only a honey-thick stain
That drips from leaf to leaf
And limb to limb
Spoiling the colours
Of the whole world.

I am alone.
The weight of love
Has buoyed me up
Till my head
Knocks against the sky.

See me!
My hair is dripping with nectar—
Starlings carry it
On their black wings.
See, at last
My arms and my hands
Are lying idle.

How can I tell
If I shall ever love you again
As I do now?

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