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April 13th JP Poem Pick

Hello everyone! Hope those who were lucky enough to participate in today’s workshop with George Wallace had a great time. Thanks again to George for coming and sharing his voice with us!

I have chosen today’s poem, and it’s from one of my all-time favorites, Charles Bukowski.

Bluebird

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up? 
you want to screw up the
works? 
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe? 
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you? 

C. Bukowski

 

So, for today’s prompt, let’s write a poem about birds.  As usual, this is completely open to interpretation. The poem could be about wings (the band or the appendage…), flight, migration, whatever you want!

Have fun!

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One Response

  1. Inside the kettle/an unknown raptor/soaring high

    G. E. Schwartz

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