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 (17)

HIS WORDS ARE CAREFULLY DRAWN OUT FROM HIS SOUL. SO TRUTHFULLY TOLD.
our grief falls flat and hollow upon the billion-blooded sea Beautiful poem shared. 10+++
'As our grief falls'! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
War, peace, love and hate life and death all complex issues with no black and white solution. Beauty of this poem lies in stark realization of some dark colors overlapping bright colors of life.
A brief poem by Bukowski makes all think about life in comparison with that a sparrow as far as what one has to do to a child in a philosophic way!
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