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Beautiful Things
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
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
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
you want to blow my book sales in

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
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski
[Image: tenor.gif]
Poor blue birdy :<
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard inner battle."
-Namu Amida Butsu
--Hippo Sad
---May your jimmies be forever unrustled...
----"At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice." -Maya Angelou
-----"Lack of personal justice does not excuse one's own ignorance.  Do not be blinded by the wrongs done to you, lest you stumble and wrong others."
------"...There's jazz going on..." -Alan Watts
You won’t see them often
for wherever the crowd is
are not.
Those odd ones, not
but from them
the few
good paintings
the few
good symphonies
the few
good books
and other
And from the
best of the
strange ones
They are
their own
their own
their own
their own
Sometimes I think
I see
them – say
a certain old
sitting on a
certain bench
in a certain
a quick face
going the other
in a passing
there’s a certain motion
of the hands
of a bag-boy or a bag-
while packing
it is even somebody
you have been
living with
for some
time –
you will notice
lightning quick
never seen
from them
you will only note
some months
some years
after they are
I remember
such a
one –
he was about
20 years old
drunk at
10 a.m.
Staring into
a cracked
New Orleans
facing dreaming
against the
walls of
the world
did I

The Strongest of the Strange, Charles Bukowsky.
[Image: tenor.gif]
There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day

And the best at murder are those who preach against it
And the best at hate are those who preach love
And the best at war finally are those who preach peace

Those who preach god, need god
Those who preach peace do not have peace
Those who preach peace do not have love

Beware the preachers

Beware the knowers
Beware those who are always reading books
Beware those who either detest poverty
Or are proud of it
Beware those quick to praise
For they need praise in return
Beware those who are quick to censor
They are afraid of what they do not know
Beware those who seek constant crowds for
They are nothing alone
Beware the average man the average woman
Beware their love, their love is average
Seeks average

But there is genius in their hatred
There is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
To kill anybody
Not wanting solitude
Not understanding solitude
They will attempt to destroy anything
That differs from their own
Not being able to create art
They will not understand art
They will consider their failure as creators
Only as a failure of the world
Not being able to love fully
They will believe your love incomplete
And then they will hate you
And their hatred will be perfect

Like a shining diamond
Like a knife
Like a mountain
Like a tiger
Like hemlock

Their finest art

The genius of the crowd, Charles Bukowski
[Image: tenor.gif]
The words have come and gone,
I sit ill.
The phone rings, the cats sleep.
Linda vacuums.
I am waiting to live,
waiting to die.
I wish I could ring in some bravery.
It's a lousy fix
but the tree outside doesn't know:
I watch it moving with the wind
in the late afternoon sun.
There's nothing to declare here,
just a waiting.
Each faces it alone.
Oh, I was once young,
Oh, I was once unbelievably young!

So Now by Charles Bukowski
[Image: tenor.gif]

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