Alone with Everybody – Charles Bukowski 

the flesh covers the bone 
and they put a mind 

in there and 

sometimes a soul, 

and the women break 

vases against the walls 

and the men drink too 


and nobody finds the 


but keep 


crawling in and out 

of beds. 

flesh covers 

the bone and the 

flesh searches 

for more than 

there’s no chance 

at all: 

we are all trapped 

by a singular 

nobody ever finds 

the one. 
the city dumps fill 

the junkyards fill 

the madhouses fill 

the hospitals fill 

the graveyards fill 
nothing else 


An Almost Made Up Poem – Charles Bukowski 

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny

they are small, and the fountain is in France

where you wrote me that last letter and

I answered and never heard from you again.

you used to write insane poems about

ANGELS AND GOD, all in upper case, and you

knew famous artists and most of them

were your lovers, and I wrote back, it’ all right,

go ahead, enter their lives, I’ not jealous

because we’ never met. we got close once in

New Orleans, one half block, but never met, never

touched. so you went with the famous and wrote

about the famous, and, of course, what you found out

is that the famous are worried about

their fame –– not the beautiful young girl in bed

with them, who gives them that, and then awakens

in the morning to write upper case poems about

ANGELS AND GOD. we know God is dead, they’ told

us, but listening to you I wasn’ sure. maybe

it was the upper case. you were one of the

best female poets and I told the publishers, 

editors, “ her, print her, she’ mad but she’

magic. there’ no lie in her fire.” I loved you

like a man loves a woman he never touches, only

writes to, keeps little photographs of. I would have

loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a

cigarette and listened to you piss in the bathroom,

but that didn’ happen. your letters got sadder.

your lovers betrayed you. kid, I wrote back, all

lovers betray. it didn’ help. you said

you had a crying bench and it was by a bridge and

the bridge was over a river and you sat on the crying

bench every night and wept for the lovers who had

hurt and forgotten you. I wrote back but never

heard again. a friend wrote me of your suicide

3 or 4 months after it happened. if I had met you

I would probably have been unfair to you or you

to me. it was best like this.