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January 27, 2010

Yesterday I railed against the cold and Chicago’s elevated train platforms.  My opinion stands – they are not cool, not at all, in the winter – but they do have a way of making you pause and take notice, especially if you happen to be making a transfer as the sun begins to rise over the cathedral guarding DePaul University.

Go ahead, those of you in Chicago, plan your morning around it. It’s best about 15 minutes after sunrise.

No. 341: 1/27/2010


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 whores 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?

– Charles Bukowski, Bluebird

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 11:31 pm

    These photos are lovely…I can feel the crisp air!

    • January 28, 2010 11:11 am

      You have no idea how cold it was…today is worse! about -5 with windchill.

  2. January 29, 2010 10:58 pm

    You just transported me back! I lived off of the Fullerton stop for four years…not sure if I ever caught a sunrise like this one though! Thank you!

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