Hemingway Never Did This – Charles Bukowski

I read that he lost a suitcase full of manuscripts on a
train and that they never were recovered.
I can’t match the agony of this
but the other night I wrote a 3-page poem
upon this computer
and through my lack of diligence and
and by playing around with commands
on the menu
I somehow managed to erase the poem
believe me, such a thing is difficult to do
even for a novice
but I somehow managed to do

now I don’t think this 3-pager was immortal
but there were some crazy wild lines,
now gone forever.
it bothers more than a touch, it’s some-
thing like knocking over a good bottle of

and writing about it hardly makes a good
still, I thought somehow you’d like to

if not, at least you’ve read this far
and there could be better work
down the line.

let’s hope so, for your sake


– – –

Would you look at that? I hope to the sun, moon, and all the stars that this doesn’t happen to me.

I’ll be silent for a day or two…going on a well deserved vacation. But I’ll be back soon!


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