Thursday, June 2, 2011

Air and Light and Time and Space

I think I've posted this before, but I really do love this poem. It's one of my true inspirations:

air and light and time and space

"–you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to

no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
you’re going to create blind
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.

baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses

© Charles Bukowski, Black Sparrow Press

The original can be found here:


Lisa Rogers said...

Oooh I love this!!!!

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

I first read it on Nathan Bransford's blog, and I have a printed copy framed up on the wall right now.

Emily White said...

That is nice!

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh! I love Bukowski's poetry. He had quite a few on the writing process, and on random people dropping by, and other poets that used to ask him for tips...

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