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Bluebird

Nice animation of Charles Bukowski’s poem ‘The Bluebird’

To the bluebird inside.

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Charles Bukowski’s poem “The Bluebird,”

There’s a bluebird in my heart that 
wants to get out 
but I’m too tough for him, 
I say, stay in there, I’m not going 
to let anybody see
 you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that 
wants to get out 
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale 
cigarette smoke 
and the whores and the bartenders
 and the grocery clerks 
never know that 
he’s 
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that 
wants to get out 
but I’m too tough for him, 
I say,
 stay down, do you want to mess 
me up?
 you want to screw up the 
works?
 you want to blow my book sales in 
Europe? 
there’s a bluebird in my heart that 
wants to get out 
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
 at night sometimes 
when everybody’s asleep. 
I say, I know that you’re there,
 so don’t be 
sad.
 then I put him back, 
but he’s singing a little
 in there, I haven’t quite let him
 die 
and we sleep together like 
that 
with our
secret pact 
and it’s nice enough to
 make a man
 weep, but I don’t 
weep, do
 you?