But Don’t Write Poetry by Charles Bukowski

Go to Tibet
Ride a camel.
Read the bible.
Dye your shoes blue.
Grow a beard.
Circle the world in a paper canoe.
Subscribe to The Saturday Evening Post.
Chew on the left side of your mouth only.
Marry a woman with one leg and shave with a straight razor.
And carve your name in her arm.

Brush your teeth with gasoline.
Sleep all day and climb trees at night.
Be a monk and drink buckshot and beer.
Hold your head under water and play the violin.
Do a belly dance before pink candles.
Kill your dog.
Run for mayor.
Live in a barrel.
Break your head with a hatchet.
Plant tulips in the rain.

But don’t write poetry.

Charles Bukowski


I love this poetry so much.
Not because I’m a Bukowskian,
but because it’s my eternal reserve of inspiration
for days when the heart’s sore and the mind surly.


Asha Seth

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  1. Hi! I love your writing and I’m an aficionado of Bukowski’s works too. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem on here.


  2. WoW!!! this is fantastic……i have read very little so of the great writers…….whenever i come across such amazing poems i am so much tempted to just run away with a libraryu and just spend my whole life reading……….maybe the reason why i haven’t started reading them more is because, i am afraid i might do that…… 🙂 🙂

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    1. I second. I find it hard to leave a library for the same reasons as you but these days I’m stuck in front of the laptop and soaking in the thoughts scribbled by poets and writers, eons ago. And you sit there, and are awestruck by their compositions. But sitting in front of a gadget than a book has its limitations and you can read for only so long.


      1. exactly……e-books do nothing for me……it’s like kryptonite……can only be lesser than ordinary……i still first write, a least my poems, on a paper before typing.


        1. Bingo! I follow the same. Somehow the words, the feeling of writing seems different on paper than on screen. Plus, I absolutely love striking out words and making special markings above the crossed-out ones. 😛

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          1. you said it……there is nothing like that…….and on screens it always seems so disconnected, ironically…. 🙂 🙂


              1. yes!!! and you can’t let you laptop lay on your face and go to sleep…….well, you can, but possibly that would result it a big bill 🙂 🙂


      1. ere we all have ups
        and downs trials of life
        tribulations all

        kind words boost my heart
        overflowing gratitude
        streaming on its way

        it’s my life till summer
        mid winter spring inclusive
        hark inspiration’s

        bird song flapping wings
        ventriloquistical reed beds
        nature throwing sound

        words oft come easy
        begging to be transcribed
        guess i am lucky
        still seeking natures wisdom
        learning curves love to study

        i know i’ve thanked you
        but you pulled the plug cant stop
        words flow with feeling

        letters picked randomly
        fingertips transcribing
        sorting word for word

        not done
        yet a cuppa calls
        thirsty words

        Take care,


        PS Will post these to my blog, look out for a pingback………..

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      1. My goal once was the Hemingway life and today. I want the Grandfather with many children life. Writing is different styles and thoughts. Each of us had lived a different life.


    1. Ahh! There quite many. I like Nirvana, Melancholia, Alone with Everybody, Style. You could check. You’ll find many.
      As for the review, please just bear with me as it’s been a little busy presently. And I wanna do justice to your piece.

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    1. I follow his poetries, Ruma. As for his novels, you need a certain taste, a particular inclination. I read WOMEN and can’t say I like it. POST OFFICE is more a biographical work. So that’s all right. You may have to test to see what you like.

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  3. Asha, that’s because Gods love feeds and brings to life the poetry in your heart which you selflessly share to us all. You are wonderfully gifted, and always a pleasure to embrace and read. My wife has been ill for the last couple of weeks and is doing much better, so pardon me no visiting you! But know you are always in my prayers my sister!


    1. Oh dear. I’m sorry to know the pain you’re wife had to endure. Hope she’s better now. I’m delighted to know you’re kind thoughts are always with me. Take care.


  4. For me it seemed to be crazy at start but going down through last para I understood the gist of it ….good morning dear Asha ….I know this must be a busy time for you …have a nice time

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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