For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough

I pick up the skirt,
I pick up the sparkling beads
in black,
this thing that moved once
around flesh,
and I call God a liar,
I say anything that moved
like that
or knew
my name
could never die
in the common verity of dying,
and I pick
up her lovely
dress,
all her loveliness gone,
and I speak to all the gods,
Jewish gods, Christ-gods,
chips of blinking things,
idols, pills, bread,
fathoms, risks,
knowledgeable surrender,
rats in the gravy of 2 gone quite mad
without a chance,
hummingbird knowledge, hummingbird chance,
I lean upon this,
I lean on all of this
and I know:
her dress upon my arm:
but
they will not
give her back to me.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Charles Bukowski's poem For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough

1 Comment

  1. Jinx says:

    What you’re reading is a man being so torn apart by grief, incapable of dealing with the reality that she’s gone, deluding himself to hoping he could ever have her back. This is one of Hank’s more tenderly indignant moments.

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