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"Throwing Away the Alarm Clock"
Charles Bukowski

my father always said, “early to bed and
early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy
and wise.”

it was lights out at 8 p.m. in our house
and we were up at dawn to the smell of
coffee, frying bacon and scrambled
eggs.

my father followed this general routine
for a lifetime and died young, broke,
and, I think, not too
wise.

taking note, I rejected his advice and it
became, for me, late to bed and late
to rise.

now, I’m not saying that I’ve conquered
the world but I’ve avoided
numberless early traffic jams, bypassed some
common pitfalls
and have met some strange, wonderful
people

one of whom
was
myself—someone my father
never
knew.


On this day in...
2011: "Ladybugs" by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
2010: “when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story” by Gwendolyn Brooks
2009: "The Benjamin Franklin of Monogamy" by Jeffrey McDaniel
2008: "Strange Ways" by Roger McGough

stars fell around us like swallows,/stricken and stunned

Comments

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jeweledhibiscus
Jul. 8th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Ohh, the twist in the last stanza - I love it in all its bittersweetness.
g_esquared
Jul. 8th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
seconding the first comment! bukowski always finds a way to say something sparsely, yet completely hard hitting. it adds so much more meaning to the entire poem.
shadowlynn
Jul. 9th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome. And perfect for this point in my life.
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