There's a Bluebird in My Heart



"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?"

-Bluebird, a poem by Charles Bukowski

So I've been keeping a new body of work sort of hidden because I am still experimenting 😉. I've been taking my work in more of a mixed media direction and I'm excited by it!

The title of this new piece is Acknowledgement, and it's inspired by the poem, Bluebird, I encountered recently by Charles Bukowski. For me, Bluebird is about the secret, vulnerable and beautiful parts of the self that we hide. I'm going to do a series of bluebirds that are about acknowledging those parts of ourselves and caring for them and allowing them to be seen.

I hope my art and his poem inspire you to acknowledge the Bluebird in your heart and let him or her out to fly and sing!🐦💙🐦💙🐦💙

This little guy will be up for viewing and for sale at the Cincinnati Learning Collaborative gallery on Woodburn in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati July 2nd-26th.

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