The turkey buzzard struts

Today is World Poetry Day, so why not post a poem? Why not indeed.

This one sits perfectly in the middle of a very Scruff Venn diagram: Charles Bukowski, frustration, and technology:

16-bit Intel 8088 chip

with an Apple Macintosh
you can’t run Radio Shack programs
in its disc drive.
nor can a Commodore 64
drive read a file
you have created on an
IBM Personal Computer.
both Kaypro and Osborne computers use
the CP/M operating system
but can’t read each other’s
for they format (write
on) discs in different
the Tandy 2000 runs MS-DOS but
can’t use most programs produced for
the IBM Personal Computer
unless certain
bits and bytes are
but the wind still blows over
and in the Spring
the turkey buzzard struts and
flounces before his



Bukowski wrote that in 1985. Not much has changed.

I was given a copy of The Pleasures of the Damned; poems 1951-1993 for Christmas this year and I wasn’t surprised to see this one wasn’t included. It’s not his best poetry, far from it, but it’s on a subject so close to my own nerd heart that I can’t help loving it.

  1 comment for “The turkey buzzard struts

  1. Kateri
    March 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Ah, the turkey buzzard, beloved of poets. For making me smile yet again today, thank you.

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