The Shoelace, By Charles Bukowski


I just want to share one of my favourite poems today. It seems the older I get, the harder this one hits me in the gut. While some of the language seems old-fashioned already, there’s something timeless and relatable in the words.

Here’s the full text on, and below is audio of Bukowski himself giving a reading.

© 2016, Gavin Zanker. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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