there’s a bluebird in my heart

Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.

then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do you

The late American actor and musician, Harry Dean Stanton, is probably best known for his standout roles in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, and Alex Cox’s 1984 science-fiction comedy, Repo Man. Stanton was a big fan of the poet Charles Bukowski and paid a tribute to the writer in this video recorded for the documentary, Bukowski: Born Into This.

 

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