Pull A String, A Puppet Moves

each man must realize
that it can all disappear very
quickly:
the cat, the woman, the job,
the front tire,
the bed, the walls, the
room; all our necessities
including love,
rest on foundations of sand -
and any given cause,
no matter how unrelated:
the death of a boy in Hong Kong
or a blizzard in Omaha ...
can serve as your undoing.
all your chinaware crashing to the
kitchen floor, your girl will enter
and you'll be standing, drunk,
in the center of it and she'll ask:
my god, what's the matter?
and you'll answer: I don't know,
I don't know ...

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (6)

I worked harvesting tobacco in the Connecticut valley one summer and often passed pastures with many cows, and being an admirer of the poet Robert Frost, found this poet very powerfully descriptive of the many country scenes we passed each day. I just love this poem.
This poem has compared to the delimma of Adam and Eve to, that of the cow. Anyone read this observation too?
there is no stopping a cow when its mind is made up, apples or grass?
Frost's observation of the lone cow unveils a day in the life of a drunken cow. Whatever the moral, he found it interesting. And we get to see what a drunk cow is like.
I'll give it another go! Frost is delighted by the cow's unpredictable behaviour -see his choice of the word 'inspires' in the first line. The animal is clearly behaving like a drunken fool, and part of Frost's delight is that such behaviour is not confined to humans. The sonnet is a celebration of the eccentric and unpredictable, whatever form it may take.
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