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i wanna be a real poet,
live by the rules of bukowski

& no mama,
i can't get out of bed
not before the sun
sits high in the noon's time

& no mama,
my grammar school rules
are gonna go to waste

& no mama,
i can't use tall letters
when henry chinaski himself
leaves everything
low,
feeling low,
lying low

i don't know any girls
named jane
i don't drink beer
or sleep with
innumerable women who
just fuck me & run

but i wanna be a
real poet
the kind who fights
wee people in bars & loses
and hurts when
the beautiful suicides
are the only ones we see

i'd drink my pains away
but the last thing i need is
another glass widening
my waist,

i'd sleep with a million men
but the last thing i need is
another heart to ache,

i'd bet on the horses
but the last thing i need is
another way to have
loved & lost.
no pretty language for
no pretty man,
the shittiest ode the myth
of charles bukowski has ever seen.
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brerHarlequin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
nice poem, for some reason makes me think i dont drink enough... kinda like bukowski

err write, i meant write, i think
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:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner 1 day ago
heh I gotcha there ;)
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despi3z Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your poetry, keep writing!
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:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
thank you!
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moscone73 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
a fine piece of verse - at your age, my writing wasn't half as good; some of it still isn't.
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FictitiousZ Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is lovely.
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:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
thank you!
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stephenburger Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I very much like this. Well done!

If you get a chance, please check out the comic I am working on called TALK! --> [link] It is a book of conversations I am self-publishing early next year - Support it by 'liking' the page (if you do, of course!)

Cheers,
Stephen
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winterkate Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Writer
Wow. I feel like you really hit your stride about midway through, but goddamn I love the line about beautiful suicides.
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ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
it's a reference to some of his work :] thank you!
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