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Author Name: FreeJohn Yamrus 1 Comments
Date Added: September 19, 2006 07:09:36 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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did i ever tell you

did i ever tell you

 

about the time

Linda said i was good,

but that i’d never be

Bukowski?

 

Linda was a poet.

 

one of Bukowski’s

girlfriends

in the ‘70s.

 

for a while

she edited and published

a pretty decent little magazine.

 

she wrote to me saying

that she loved my poems…

 

actually, it’s been so long now

i really don’t remember

if she loved them

or liked them,

but it doesn’t matter…

 

she said that i was good,

but i would never be great…

 

because i wasn’t

mad.

 

Bukowski (she said) was mad…

and he was

great.

 

i wrote back

saying that she was right…

Bukowski IS mad

and Bukowski IS great,

but if one of the qualifications

for being mad

and being great

was having to put up with the likes of her,

then i’d be more than happy

to settle for what i am

and what i’m

going to be.

 

that was 30 years ago,

and do you know what?

 

i’m still not mad

and i’m still not

great…

 

but, every now and then,

when the moon’s just right

i’m not

half bad.
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Comment By: FreeCeeCee on September 19, 2006 09:32:14 AM Report
Your writer's voice comes through your work very effectively....enjoyed this.

 

CeeCee





 


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