“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

The great thing about a rainy Sunday is that you have lots of excuses for twenty cups of tea, long Skype chats with lovely people who live way too far away and… reading captivating poems of the breathtaking Charles Bukowski!

His most famous one is probably Bluebird that stands out with incredible beauty and honesty.

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.

But also many more snapshots of life’s moments that all of us should pay more attention to. Little instants where you’re completely at ease with nature or big changes when the speaker’s confronted with losing someone. No matter what exactly he writes about, there’s always a special melancholic atmosphere between the lines that makes you want to be able to convert daily life situations into exactly the same pattern.

Bukowski was born in my hometown in Germany (Andernach) but lived most of his life in Los Angeles. I must say, he has a very good taste in places and words and definitely deserves some more lazy Sundays with hours of reading The Pleasures of the Damned.

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