Bluebird at Finca Mycol.

Via on Oct 15, 2010
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The Irish love the spoken word…reciting poetry from memory is an admired skill…

Guy, WWOOFer at Finca Mycol
Guy, WWOOFer at Finca Mycol

I was at Finca Mycol (Living off the Grid) this week, sitting around the campfire one night. Guy, a WWOOFer, asked me what it was like living in Ireland. I told him the Irish loved a good poem. He smiled and recited “Bluebird”, by Charles Bukowski. Electric! No electricity required.

Bluebird

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
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)

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3 Responses to “Bluebird at Finca Mycol.”

  1. Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

    Awesome. I love Bukowski the best. Never read Bluebird before – thank you.
    ps – what's a WWOOFER?

  2. WWOOF

    – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
    …living, learning, sharing organic lifestyles http://www.wwoof.org/
    Stay tuned!

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