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    the illusion is that you are simply
    reading this poem.
    the reality is that this is
    more than a
    poem.
    this is a beggar's knife.
    this is a tulip.
    this is a soldier marching
    through Madrid.
    this is you on your
    death bed.
    this is Li Po laughing
    underground.
    this is not a god-damned
    poem.
    this is a horse asleep.
    a butterfly in
    your brain.
    this is the devil's
    circus.
    you are not reading this
    on a page.
    the page is reading
    you.
    feel it?
    it's like a cobra. it's a hungry eagle circling the room.

    this is not a poem. poems are dull,
    they make you sleep.

    ~ Charles Bukowski

    joey kennedy, Sweet Freak, SeenyaRita, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ombrastarr 82 months ago | reply

      this picture and this poem go extremely well together.

    2. elston 82 months ago | reply

      bukowski was a drunk

    3. Sweet Freak 82 months ago | reply

      most excellent!

    4. SeenyaRita 82 months ago | reply

      even though this is an exit, there's no easy way out.

    5. Lynn Morag 82 months ago | reply

      Excellent - a super poem and a wonderful image to illustrate!!

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    6. gcs "it is what it is" 82 months ago | reply

      I have a crush on this coupling.

    7. Roman Rivera [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

    8. Esther17 82 months ago | reply

      i need to reads me some Bukowski....

    9. andreadespot 80 months ago | reply

      i love the colors in this! (thanks for the comment on my photo, by the way)

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