Bluebird for a Friend

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“there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out…”

~~ Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

~~Acrylic Bluebird by Carla Bates

well I’m weak and whimpery
not as tough as old Charlie
nor as clever
nor do I resort to whiskey
tonight, I’m sad
what more can he screw up?
I’ve let him out to flutter wings about
to bounce off walls and windows
to chirp and wail (do bluebirds wail? or is it
only doves that cry? or whip-poor-wills?)
tonight, I weep and no one sees me

 

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