Wednesday, January 11, 2017



I've been in a strange mood.
At the bookstore, while drinking coffee,
Instead of sitting with a friend like Mary Oliver
To remind me of nature, beauty, 
the goodness in this world, 
I sat with Charles, 
a guy I don't even like.
He drinks too much, smokes stinky cigars, 
Objectifies the nakedness of women,
Glorifies his drunkenness,
Exposes himself,
Lets everyone see 
His brokenness.

He drank a little coffee, 
but preferred hits from his flask. 
"Don't be so naive," He exclaimed.
"Every night is New Year's Eve.
Every body's drunk.
The world is going crazy, 
The bad could inherit its evil.
Goodness could go blind.
Look around, don't fool yourself kid."

I had no response
For the words he spewed
Through his cynical smile.
I judged him, despised him,
I closed the book on him.

But later, I heard his words
Translated through the filters
Of my mind.
"Ugliness and darkness
Can't help but be ugly and dark.
Their door has been opened,
They are no longer hiding.
Instead, they're exploring
Barren lands.
Let them shock you sober.
Then open your own door wide."

(Charles Bukowski - Wikipedia
His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.[4] His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work.. The FBIkept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City.[5][6]
In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife".[7] )

For Poets United.


  1. I think this is one of your best. I shouldn’t think that your insight into Charles would make you want to to be around him because you can’t bring him up, but he can take you down, at least for awhile.

  2. AHHHHHH!!!!!!! I LOVE the closing of this poem - we shall leave them to their darkness, and fling our own doors widfe, to nature's beauty, to Light, and to compassion for all.......I LOVE this poem, my friend.

  3. I do hope that the world's ugliness and darkness does shock us sober. And allow kindness back in...

  4. "Ugliness and darkness
    Can't help but be ugly and dark."

    this a mighty fine objective contemplation Myrna.
    But let's open the doors and let the light in. What say you

    Much love...

  5. one can hope that beauty is found amidst the ugly darkness

  6. How skillfully you wrote this letting us see that choice we all have to see the beauty of this world if we want to.

  7. life is made of light as well as darkness...we can only pray sincerely saying, let there be light and there will be light...a thought provoking and beautiful poem Myrna...also love the idea of having these great minds with us sometimes...

  8. Sometimes we can admire people for what they even if they what they do/did isn't 'good' - i admire William S.Burroughs exactly so.. many a thing he said was brutal and honest.. but how we forget that he also killed his wife.. a unique and inspiring poem Myrna..sometimes it's good to have coffee with someone we don't expect to!

  9. Whistles!!!❤️ Myrna this is absolutely phenomenal writing!! I was completely mesmerized from the beginning to the end especially "Their door has been opened, they are no longer hiding. Instead, they're exploring barren lands" took my breath away!❤️Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

  10. I rather like your friend Charles and his philosophy of life!

  11. I'm not a fan of Buckowski either, but he certainly makes a person think.

    Nice writing. :-)

  12. Love your wonderfully tongue-in-cheek poem!

    I agree with all you say about B as a person – repulsive. But oh boy, he could write!

  13. It is easy to write a poem about the world's beauty. To write one about truth and ugliness and pain is really hard and it causes pain for the poet. Well-penned, Myrna.