Bukowski.

Go to Saudi Arabia. 
Ride a camel’s toe. 
Don’t bring a bible. 
Dye your hair yellow. 
Grow a beard and don’t pick the soap. 
Circle the globe with black felt tip marker. 
Subscribe to Skinemax HD. 
Bore a hole on your left molar. 
Don’t marry. Shave with a straight razor or Gillette. 
And carve your name on a tree. 

Brush your teeth with kerosene; it’s cheaper than gasoline. 
Sleep all day and climb electric posts at night. 
Be a monk and brew and drink beer. 
Hold your feet in the air and your head on the ground. 
Do a “Careless Whisper” with luminous balls in your hands. 
Kill and eat your neighbor’s dog (then invite him for a drink). 
Shoot the senator. 
Live in a barrel of beer. 
Break your head with this fuckin’ country’s history. 
Plant (tu)lips in her 

But don’t, don’t engineer. 

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7 thoughts on “Bukowski.

  1. Hello manoy (or manay). Ngayon lang ako nakabuwelo sa buhay kaya ngayon lang ako magku-commentz, haha.

    Nagtutula ka pala! Aba e mahusay! Is this poem autobiographical? O pang-rAdish persona lang, ganern? Or maybe it’s a reference to something I’m not cool enough to recognize, haha.

    Anyway, please allow me to take a stab at (over)reading this poem, assuming, of course, that the author is dead ( https://writing.upenn.edu/~taransky/Barthes.pdf ).

    The poem begins with an order, a telling preface to a series of do this, do that. The first four lines are terse, three of which carry the same syllabic count, but the rhythm does not play a marching beat. Prosody seems to take a back seat here, no consistent metre, and most iambs are only partially completed (“Be a MONK and BREW and drink BEER” / “LIVE in BArrel of BEER”).

    But there comes the Bukowski-esque flair, aurally prosaic but still sings the heart of deep, introspective poetry. The first stanza hums a desire to leave or to escape (#relatable, char!). The sequence of commands speaks of a plan, of places to go to, and of inherent hesitations (“don’t pick the soap” / “Don’t marry”). The second stanza still follows the same commanding tone without the geographical allusions/illusions. Eventually the poem closes with a seeming statement of resignation when, after dropping a series of Do’s, the author finally settles with a Don’t (or two).

    Ay, the author is dead nga pala. Haha. Pasensya na’t hinimay ko nang slight ang tula. Hilig ko talagang magkukuda nang ganito e. This is how I play with myself; this is my Skinemax HD. Potah hahaha.

    Post ka pa maraming tula, manoy/manay! Astigin! 🙂

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  2. Kinopya ko lang ito sa Friendly Advice to a lot of Young Men ni Bukowski. Pinalitan ko lang yung mga lines ng mga jokes, references (i.e., sa Saudi kailangan may balbas ka at wag mo pupulutin ang sabon, Katrina-Haydhen sex video, Taxi Driver, etc.) Ginawa ko lang tungkol sa pag eengineer sa halip na writing poetry. Di talaga ako tumutula. Kasi nga sabi ni Bukowski.hehe. Ok din yung tula niya sa pagsusulat.

    “This is how I play with myself; this is my Skinemax HD. Potah hahaha.”

    Shet. Hahaha.

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    1. Ay, kaniguan. Hindi ko alam ‘yung Friendly Advice! Okay, erase-erase lahat ng analisis ko. Palitan ko na lang ng ganito: “This is a really cool take on the original Bukowski poem. Noice.” Hahaha.

      Try mo magtula mumsht, dali! Sapilitan ito! ‘Wag kang nakikinig kay Bukowski, lasenggero yown! 😂

      PS. Tama ba ang gamit ko ng kaniguan? Hahaha. 😂

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      1. Aaah, tama naman yata ang gamit mo sa kaniguan? Hehehe.

        Yaan mo, dito ko lang i-rereveal ‘to. Pero may sinusulat talaga akong libro. Ng mga tula. Bale dalawang moda: yung isa mala-Lang Leav, yung isa puro hugot, pero mas malalim kay Juan Miguel Severo. Hahahaha.

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      2. Ay, baka sa amin lang pala ‘yung kaniguan. Haha.

        Hoy totoo ba ‘yaaaan??? Wala bang pa-preview?? Pabasa ako ng ilan! Pero keri lang kung gusto mong itago until the big reveal, haha. Bibili akong copies! Yiiiieee! 😊

        Pero wait, baka ikaw si Neil Jed Castro? Ikaw ba si Neil Jed Castro?? Kung ikaw si Neil Jed Castro — teh, bakeeet?? Sana hindi ikaw si Neil Jed Castro! Hahaha.

        PS. Kauuwi ko lang galing sine, nanood akong Into the Spider Verse! Nagustuhan ko! Ang saya! Panoorin mo kung hindi mo pa napapanood! Daliiiiiiiiiiiii!!!! 😃

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      3. Syempre joke lang ang lahat. Ni-google ko si Neil Jed Castro, di naman siya mukhang manok. So, hindi ako siya.

        Maganda ba talaga? Parang di na ako masyado natutuwa sa mga superhero movie. Aabangan ko na lang sa suking d_____n. =)

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      4. Ewan ko sa ‘yo. Hahaha.

        Pero maganda talaga Spider Verse. Pambata at pangmatanda. Pampamilya at pang-sports na rin, sige. Although, yea, I guess hintayin mo na nga lang. Nilibre lang din ako e. 😅

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