Bukowski’s Bluebird_______ by Mark Folse

Not only words in his mouth
but what look like feathers,
clamped tight in his teeth
like an anxious gambler’s cigarette.
Cat eyed and smiling at the bar,
he caught beauty perched on a stool
and swallowed it in one bite.
Now odd notes issue from his throat.
His words come out as songs.

Mark Folse lives and writes in postdiluvian New Orleans. He posts poetry at poemsbeforebreakfast.blogspot.com and chronicles his life in NOLA at Toulouse Street-Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans. http://toulousestreet.net

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7 Responses to Bukowski’s Bluebird_______ by Mark Folse

  1. johemmant says:

    Okay, i totally and utterly love this, it is sublime on so many levels.

  2. wonderful work. tangible yet it sings with subliminal might. well done.

  3. kimtblogger says:

    i agree so many layers… i particularly like … “he caught beauty perched on a stool” and “his words come out as songs”. If only we could all swallow beauty and sing…

  4. Wet Bank Guy says:

    Wow, putting all of you on my blurb-whoring list for future reference (should I ever get that far with poetry).

    Thank you for all you kinds words. Just grazing your sites since I’m supposed to be in a phone meeting at work, but looking forward to checking out your work as well. Please drop by Poems Before Breakfast. Having just started writing poetry again in the last couple of years, criticism is always welcome and PBB is primarily an on-line journal intended to encourage that.

    Thanks to Scott for hosting this opportunity.

  5. Scot says:

    thanks Mark for sending this in–great piece–how is the humidity?

  6. lissa says:

    his words come out as song — fantastic.

  7. janetleigh says:

    I love Mark’s work!! Thanks for featuring him, Scot.

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