Tuesday, 16 August 2011

CHARLES BUKOWSKI: Keep fighting the good fight



he's alive and well in pedragelejo

i know he'll act cool like
he hasn't heard of him
if i approach his table
he'll pretend he
doesn't understand

its highly likely he refuses
to speak English anymore
or sign autographs
and i really should factor in
he may hate poetry and poets
recognising him

but he looks well
he looks brighter
than the other old boys
playing dominoes
gutsy and strong and silent
he drinks plenty of beer
chain smokes cigarettes

he stands out with
that defiant air of bravado
a cocksure arrogance
like i bet he has a good one
swinging and throbbing
in his brown baggy pants

i was drawn to
the mole on his cheek
and the grey, greasy hair
bushy knotted eyebrows
creased forehead
that pot belly in a sports shirt
a sure give away

i order a bottle of wine
my spanish is terrible
the English laugh
at my pronounciation
the make of wine is
bocadero or bocadillo
but i just ordered
a bottle of bread

but its then
i decide he dosen't just
look like him
in fact it is him
the 1970's version
the spit of the
black and white photo
from the cover of
ham on rye
or factotum
i forget which as

i sit on my hands
fighting a raging
compulsion
to go sit on his lap
and play with the hairs
sprouting out of his ears

i want to tweek
his purple
bulbous
nose

any minute now
i will call out the names
charles? hank? buk? chinaski?
and if he looks up
if he smiles at me
even once

i am gonna get up
walk over there
cup my hands
about his head
and kiss his
lovely craggy
face.


©2010. Salena Godden



"Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is." Charles Bukowski 





Today would have been Charles Bukowski's 91st Birthday! 



Tweet with hashtag #Bukowski follow @bukquotes 
Check out great piece in Sabbotage Times:
http://www.sabotagetimes.com/people/happy-birthday-charles-bukowski-the-greatest-writer-who-ever-lived/

Something For the Touts, the Nuns, the Grocery Clerks & You by Charles Bukowski - Poems and Insults: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42I6u6gtjc

Tom Waits reads Bukowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va1t6a0zCkQ