Wednesday, May 1, 2013

There's a bluebird in my heart

 
Bluebird
 
8" x 10"
Oil on panel
 
"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?"
 
by Charles Bukowski
 
 
This blue boy was on my garden fence post last year. Usually, I don't get good photos of birds. They fly away before I can get the camera focused.  I decided to paint him like he posed for a portrait. It was a fun painting to do.  I love birds.
 
* currently on display at Ulster County Co-operative Ext. office in Kingston. 




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