I MISS THE LION from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under the Same Moon, is the second of three poetic tributes to Charles Bukowski which will appear each Friday over the next two weeks, the last coming on Friday, March 8th in recognition of Bukowski’s passing on March 9th, 1994 at the age of 73.
I MISS THE LION
(In Memory of Charles Bukowski)
I miss the lion,
the way he tore the flesh from words,
spilled his blood, his beer, his spit
and curses upon the blank page;
the way he bared his broken soul,
blew the smoke of lit-again cigars
and the sour breath of a life lived
in gutters, boardinghouses and bars
upon the scattered poems carpeting
his San Pedro apartment floor;
the way he waged war with black ink
and rotgut wine while dancing madly
with women more worn, more mad
than those he let us all glimpse
inside the cage of his filthy heart.
I miss the lion.