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Charles Bukowski - I'm In Love

she's young, she said,
but look at me,
I have pretty ankles,
and look at my wrists, I have pretty
wrists
o my god,
I thought it was all working,
and now it's her again,
every time she phones you go crazy,
you told me it was over
you told me it was finished,
listen, I've lived long enough to become a 
good woman,
why do you need a bad woman?
you need to be tortured, don't you?
you think life is rotten if somebody treats you
rotten it all fits,
doesn't it?
tell me, is that it? do you want to be treated like a 
piece of shit?
and my son, my son was going to meet you.
I told my son
and I dropped all my lovers.
I stood up in a cafe and screamed
I'M IN LOVE,
and now you've made a fool of me. . .
I'm sorry, I said, I'm really sorry.
hold me, she said, will you please hold me?
I've never been in one of these things before, I said,
these triangles. . .
she got up and lit a cigarette, she was trembling all 
over.she paced up and down,wild and crazy.she had
a small body.her arms were thin,very thin and when
she screamed and started beating me I held her
wrists and then I got it through the eyes:hatred,
centuries deep and true.I was wrong and graceless and
sick.all the things I had learned had been wasted.
there was no creature living as foul as I 
and all my poems were
false.

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Poet: Charles Bukowski
Poem: I'm In Love
Poem of the Day: Sep 9 2013

Comment 6 of 6, added on August 12th, 2008 at 3:55 PM.

I heard of this poem through a song by a band called Chiodos. They go well together..
This poem shouldn't be so beautiful, but it is.
I can see it..not the people or places, but the emotions: raw and real.

Faith from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 6, added on April 6th, 2006 at 12:29 PM.

love is very important in life and ads i read your poem it touched me u tought me more things than i could imagine it was the best love poem i have ever read thanks for helping about love

kristi from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on March 18th, 2006 at 4:37 PM.

And I am Buk, my dear flapjack. We sure had some good times together, didn't we?

Travis Bickle from Canada

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