the best often die by their own hand
just to get away,
and those left behind
can never quite understand
why anybody
would ever want to
get away

Analysis, meaning and summary of Charles Bukowski's poem Cause And Effect


  1. kevin a says:

    this is by far my favorite bukowski poem. its amazing, it says more than all the books in the world, yet it is one paragraph long…. only bukowski

  2. Flapjack Darling says:

    As the man himself once said, “Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”

  3. Francesco says:

    this is the saddest one. and one of the most beautiful.

  4. erin says:

    a guy from school said this was his favorite poem. made me wonder why. think its very interesting how bukowski captures the misunderstanding of people/issues/concepts in a few short words. gets ya thinkin’

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