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Poem: Dear Charles (Bukowski) Written on a Cocktail Napkin 5/18/21

 I wish 
I could’ve seen you
in your unwashed glory
five day old beard
of someone who couldn’t
careless
smelling
of indescribable liquor
sweat staining
a tee shirt
that was white once
holding the scent
of women you knew
in a biblical sense
wafting about you
like a winner’s wreath
wilting with age
still wearing
as a crowning triumph
heavy at times
between breaths
filled with clarity
when things lurking
just behind the veil
of conscious sight
weren’t mocking you
as a complete wasting
away of talent
rusting atrophy
taking another swig
putting down the bottle
replacing it
with words rambling
from a distinct voice
tinged with a cutting
edge of perception
that others so fortunate
wouldn’t have to live
because you lived
there for us

A poem letter to Charles Bukowski as inspired by the prompt at d’Verse.


Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.

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37 thoughts on “Poem: Dear Charles (Bukowski) Written on a Cocktail Napkin 5/18/21

  1. I love the title! Glenn is the guy who made me aware of Buk, and once aware never forgotten. I love the man’s poetry; he’s the salt of the earth. You did him justice in your word and in your honoring of him.

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  2. This is written as it should have been on a napkin and the wreath around his neck like a prize pony finds its way to yours as your words take left turns and I am forced to go back and retrace them. Really great cut lines thoughtfully sliced like an expensive steak of a poem.

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  3. Oh, to have seen him in all his unwashed glory, but I can only imagine. Reading your poem brought me closer to the man. I love the alliterative lines:
    ‘like a winner’s wreath
    wilting with age
    still wearing
    as a crowning triumph’.
    Glenn B. would love this poem.

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  4. This kicked free verse ass TJ! What a great tribute, and written so appropriately. Bizarre fascinating man, beautifully irreverent, fiercely bohemian. He is a favorite of Glenn’s as well. I certainly resonate with his eords.

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