photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Bluebird

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

©David Moenkhau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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blue bird cutout – Chicago

 

 

Whoever boarded up the street level windows on the big old storage building in the west Loop of Chicago, did a fantastic job.

Someone took the time to cut animal silhouettes out of plywood, and then attach them to the boards used to cover the windows.

Finally, they painted the wood a brilliant shade of blue.

I love the amount of hand work that went into this endeavour, and the committment to making something utilitarian

and mundane into something more interesting.

 

 

In a different post on this blog,  I featured another blue animal cut out image from that same building.

 


 

 Bluebird

-Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the ****s and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

 

– from  “The Last Night of the Earth Poems”

 

Charles Bukowski

8/16/20 – 3/9/94

Happy birthday Mr. Bukowski!

 



 

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