“8Count”- A poem by Charles Bukowvski


“from my bed
I watch
3 birds
on a telephone
wire.
one flies
off.
then
another.
one is left,
then
it too
is gone.
my typewriter is
tombstone
still.
and I am
reduced to bird
watching.
just thought I’d
let you
know,
fucker.”

A very matter-of-fact style. The irony is what stands out. The only important image-“my typewriter is tombstone” brings out the frustrating creative block that the poet is experiencing.The birds leaving the telephone wire one by one -a repetitive activity recalls the classical story that never ends-one sparrow picks up the grain,then another and so on and the story goes on till late into the night. The writer’s block is humourously turned into a subject for a poem : “just thought I would let you know,fucker”

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