Sabrina asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 2 months ago

Poem interpretation? ?

Charles bukowski “oh I was a ladies man” what does this poem mean?

you

wonder about

the time

when

you ran through women

like an open-field

maniac

with the total

disregard for

panties, dish towels,

photos

and all the other

accoutrements-

like

the tangling of

souls.

what

where you

trying to

do

trying to

catch up

with?

it was like a

hunt.

how many

could you

bag?

move

onto?

names

shoes

dresses

sheets, bathrooms

bedrooms, kitchens

back

rooms,

cafes,

pets,

names of pets,

names of children;

middle names, last

names, made-up

names.

you proved it was

easy.

you proved it

could be done

again and

again,

those legs held

high

behind most of

you.

or

they were on top

or

you were

behind

or

both

sideways

plus

other

inventions.

 

songs on radios.

parked cars.

telephone voices.

the pouring of

drinks.

the senseless

conversations.

now you know

you were nothing but a

*******

dog,

a snail wrapped around

a snail-

sticky shells in the

sunlight, or in

the misty evenings,

or in the dark

dark.

you were

nature’s

idiot,

not proving but

being

proved.

not a man but a

plan

unfolding,

not thrusting but

being

pierced.

now

you know.

then

you thought you were

such a

clever devil

such a

cad

such a

man-bull

such a

bad boy

smiling over your

wine

planning your next

move

what a

waste of time

you were

you great

rider

you Attila of

the springs and

elsewhere

you could have

slept through it

all

and you would never

have been

missed

never would have

been

missed

at all.

 

 

 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    He is looking back at his life, or someone else is. It is saying that he was a serial womanizer and a drunk. That he thought he was clever to be thus. That it completely consumed him. But, at the end of the day, he has gained nothing from it and made no mark on life. 

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