the area of pause–Poetry by Charles Bukowski in honor or NaMoWriMo

Plain and simple, I love Bukowski.  I love poets who say things others do not or will not.  I love writers who cross the line–because they can.  This poem strikes me because in this hectic, fast-paced, immediate gratification world, if we do not pause–“walls will close in.”

 

the area of pause by Charles Bukowski

 

you have to have it or the walls will close

in

you have to give everything up, throw it

away, everything away.

you have to look at what you look at

or think what you think

or do what you do

or

don’t do

without considering personal

advantage

without accepting guidance.

*

people are worn away with

striving,

they hide in common

habits

their concerns are herd

concerns.

*

few have the ability to stare

at an old shoe for

ten minutes

or to think of odd things

like who invented the

doorknob?

*

they become unalive

because they are unable to

pause

undo themselves

unkink

unsee

unlearn

roll clear.

listen to their untrue

laughter, then

walk

away.

5 thoughts on “the area of pause–Poetry by Charles Bukowski in honor or NaMoWriMo

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