I Made A Mistake

I reached up into the top of the closet
and took out a pair of blue panties
and showed them to her and
asked 'are these yours? '
and she looked and said,
'no, those belong to a dog.'
she left after that and I haven't seen
her since. she's not at her place.
I keep going there, leaving notes stuck
into the door. I go back and the notes
are still there. I take the Maltese cross
cut it down from my car mirror, tie it
to her doorknob with a shoelace, leave
a book of poems.
when I go back the next night everything
is still there.
I keep searching the streets for that
blood-wine battleship she drives
with a weak battery, and the doors
hanging from broken hinges.
I drive around the streets
an inch away from weeping,
ashamed of my sentimentality and
possible love.
a confused old man driving in the rain
wondering where the good luck
went.

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (1)

What is noticable about this poem is that owen employs the use of nature into this poem to intiate powerful emotion towards the aduience this very noticable in the first stanza where owen represents nature as calm and good this is particularly evident when owen gives an example of war in the field.....buttercups. This first stanza immediately intiates the calmness towards the nature how evrything is good but then suddenly owen changes this tone to more harsh this is particuarly evident when owen depicts the sky as opening up a fury, he uses poetic imagery to provide a wonderful example he is able to tell the audience about the sheer volume of people dying who ended up being knees high blood, in the last line Owen does compare it to dulce est decorum use of glory and honour