As The Sparrow

To give life you must take life,
and as our grief falls flat and hollow
upon the billion-blooded sea
I pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
with white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow
did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be
young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
I hated you when it would have taken less courage
to love.

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (23)

Not impressed with the first line of the poem, but the contradictions juxtaposed in the last few lines seem to be meaningful.
o give life you must take life, very telling verses. tony
what IS this ex-postal worker (like me) saying? ? ? ? ? goofy, if ya ask me! ! ! ! bri :)
Wonderfully crafted life song rich with human limitations, flights of imagery and expiating in the aftermath.
An excellent write by Charles Bukowski.......
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