Write Before Thinking


Discovering Charles Bukowski

I have no clue why it took me this long to discover the genius of poet and writer Charles Bukowski. His ability to tap into the emotions, experiences and fears of the middle class and poor, the hard living and broken is astounding and prescient.

Case in point his poem, Democracy, published 14 years after his death in the anthology, The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain.


the problem, of course, isn’t the Democratic System,

it’s the

living parts which make up the Democratic System.

the next person you pass on the street,


him or

her by

3 or 4 or 30 or 40 million

and you will know


why things remain non-functional

for most of


I wish I had a cure for the chess pieces

we call Humanity…

we’ve undergone any number of political


and we all remain

foolish enough to hope

that the one on the way


will cure almost


fellow citizens,

the problem never was the Democratic

System, the problem is



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One Response

  1. Liberal Hippy says:

    True dat.

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