I pick up the skirt,I pick up the sparkling beadsin black,this thing that moved oncearound flesh,and I call God a liar,I say anything that movedlike thator knewmy namecould never diein the common verity of dying,and I pickup her lovelydress,all her loveliness gone,and I speak to all the gods,Jewish gods, Christ-gods,chips of blinking things,idols, pills, bread,fathoms, risks,knowledgeable surrender,rats in the gravy of two gone quite madwithout a chance,hummingbird knowledge, hummingbird chance,I lean upon this,I lean on all of thisand I knowher dress upon my armbutthey will notgive her back to me.—  Charles Bukowski, For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough

I pick up the skirt,
I pick up the sparkling beads
in black,
this thing that moved once
around flesh,
and I call God a liar,
I say anything that moved
like that
or knew
my name
could never die
in the common verity of dying,
and I pick
up her lovely
dress,
all her loveliness gone,
and I speak to all the gods,
Jewish gods, Christ-gods,
chips of blinking things,
idols, pills, bread,
fathoms, risks,
knowledgeable surrender,
rats in the gravy of two gone quite mad
without a chance,
hummingbird knowledge, hummingbird chance,
I lean upon this,
I lean on all of this
and I know
her dress upon my arm
but
they will not
give her back to me.

—  Charles Bukowski, For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough

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