Richard Perez
Ms. Cancelliere
April 15, 2015
Poem Reaction
“Bluebird” by Charles Bukowski is the poem I have decided to analyze and share my thoughts on.   I chose to utilize this poem because while reading it I felt a connection, as if the poem was speaking to me, although this relationship with the poem did not spark after the first time I read it. What intrigued me at first was the rhythm, the flow, the vibe Charles Bukowski put into this piece, a link was created between my interest in rap and hip/hop which in exchange created at first, a unconscious unidentifiable liking towards it. As said previously this connection did not occur immediately, after re-reading this poem a numerous amount of times I was able to make this personal connection towards it, “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.” He’s still got that last bit of sensitivity and innocence, he’s just hiding it from the world to avoid being excluded for not following the trend society has deemed normal. Although, when he’s alone and feels safe he’s letting that blue bird out so it won’t die itself.

In the poem “Bluebird” Charles is relating his feelings as a male, his masculine figure, is not as macho as he portrays it to be. There is vulnerability in all of us male or female, in Charles case his vulnerability is his “Bluebird”, as said in this quote “and it's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you?”   Society has influenced us to believe that men do not cry, considering that Charles Bukowski is in fact a male and he is reinforcing the stereotype regarding men and tears, at the end of the quote he leaves the reader with a question. As the reader of this poem I commend the fact that he questions the readers vulnerability to their own personal “bluebird”.