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A Quintuple of Poets: Part IV

Charles Bukowski, 18th Century Polish-  
Lithuanian Commonwealth, ragman    
       
eschewed obligation, wealth        
  lived off persimmons, wild berries—        
  discerned the nuthatch's ballad;        
her blue-coat worn to overthrow        
[ their ] government
;        
  but, nested his heart instead;        
       
he couldn't source tone        
  after that—         
indelible as an aria        
  tuned in nonetheless        
  vibrating hollow bone        
every        
     60 seconds—          
       
no closer, nor further          
  than moments before;          
       
bracken-crackled steps        
 onward, woodland paths—        
peasantry: death        
   wealthy aristocrats        
exorbitant lifestyles trashed        
   by poetic wisdom;        
       
a Cold Summer of birdsong        
spent remotely caged behind ribs—        
   trilling each reclusive verse
     over tavern ale         
   between remote villages;        
            
[ it was ] nice enough to make a man        
weep        
but [ he didn't ]
     
       
~
Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
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Italics: Charles Bukowski: Bluebird, Cold Summer, i wanted to overthrow the government but all i brought down was somebody's wife
Image; Ragman, public domain
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