Tuesday, 25 December 2012


Merry Christmas! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not I hope you have had/are having an enjoyable day.

I tend to spend the day with the family, eating too much food and drinking too much alcohol. Come the evening I have a little tradition that began three or four years ago whereby once my family have fallen asleep in front of the television I escape to my bedroom and settle down with the words of the my favourite poet Charles Bukowski.

This year I was given a poetry anthology as a gift by my sister. It is titled Being Human and is the third book in a trilogy of anthologies featuring modern poetry, or as the tagline suggests: "Real poems for unreal times". Before getting to Bukowski I thought I'd have a browse through the anthology (which, ironically, does not contain any Bukowski poems). In my browsing I stumbled across a little gem entitled Inscription by a Portuguese poet called Sophia De Mello Breyner:

When I die I will return to seek
The moments I did not live by the sea 

Short and sweet and particularly poignant for me at this point in my life. I am planning to move away from the coast for the first time in my twenty five years. I am not sure why. With each passing day that draws me closer to my departure (or self-imposed exile?) I wonder if I am doing the right thing. Or rather, for the right reasons. I won't go into it now (as I am already late for my date with Bukowski) but seeing that poem brought all the creeping doubts to the forefront of my already over-crowded mind.

In the worlds of Hank Moody paraphrasing The Clash:

Should I stay or should I rock the casbah?   

Maybe Bukowski will give me some answers...


  1. The poetry thing is a lovely tradition :) Merry Christmas!

  2. Reading Bukowski on Christmas sounds like a fantastic tradition. Hope he gave you some answers.

    Also, you should ALWAYS rock the casbah, where ever you are, whether you stay or go. Even if the sharif don't like it. ESPECIALLY if the sharif don't like it.

    Merry (day after) Christmas.

  3. Sometimes you just don't know if it's the right thing until you do it. Take it from the girl who moved from NY to CA twice before she figured it out ;)

    +10 for mentioning Hank Moody

  4. Bukowski definitely would've approved of a Christmas spent drinking too much. (At least, that's how I'm justifying my experience.) Happy (almost) New Year!

  5. Hope you had a good Christmas! That's an awesome tradition.

    Hank Moody is probably my favourite fictional character ever, almost entirely because of the way he speaks.