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As The Sparrow
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

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.

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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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