Blue Bird

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Blue Bird by Charles Bukowski

Blue Bird is a wonderful piece of artwork by Charles Bukowski. its directness and the story it tells. the poem Bluebird represents Bukowski’s sensitive and tender side, which he sometimes shows in his poetry and in real life. the implication in the poem is that if Bukowski allow his sensitive side to come out too often; he will lose his edge and maybe will be unable to write the gritty, realistic poems as he is.


-Blue Bird

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 water 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?


Post Script

What’s so nice about the poem Blue Bird in general is, the same object (in this case the bluebird) can have different or even opposite meanings for each reader. some readers might assume the bluebird a metaphor of happiness; tho some might have the opposite idea. like it is a metaphor of sadness or maybe weakness that you want to keep for yourself. you weep alone at nights, don’t you?

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