Charles Bukowski: The Man with the Beautiful Eyes

Charles Bukowski: The Man with the Beautiful Eyes

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A gang of kids find a strange house with an overgrown garden where they play. Only once do they meet the man who lives there, a dead-beat alcoholic with a free and easy spirit who welcomes them. The children see him as a romantic character in stark contrast to their neurotically house proud parents.

 

when we were kids

there was a strange house

all the shades were

always

drawn

and we never heard voices

in there

and the yard was full of

bamboo

and we liked to play in

the bamboo

pretend we were

Tarzan

(although there was no

Jane).

and there was a

fish pond

a large one

full of the

fattest goldfish

you ever saw

and they were

tame.

they came to the

surface of the water

and took pieces of

bread

from our hands.

 

our parents had

told us:

“never go near that

house.”

so, of course,

we went.

we wondered if anybody

lived there.

weeks went by and we

never saw

anybody.

 

then one day

we heard

a voice

from the house

“YOU GOD DAMNED

WHORE!”

 

it was a man’s

voice.

 

then the screen

door

of the house was

flung open

and the man

walked

out.

 

he was holding a

fifth of whiskey

in his right

hand.

he was about

30.

he had a cigar

in his

mouth,

needed a shave.

his hair was

wild and

and uncombed

and he was

barefoot

in undershirt

and pants.

but his eyes

were

bright.

they blazed

with

brightness

and he said,

“hey, little

gentlemen,

having a good

time, I

hope?”

 

then he gave a

little laugh

and walked

back into the

house.

 

we left,

went back to my

parents’ yard

and thought

about it.

 

our parents,

we decided,

had wanted us

to stay away

from there

because they

never wanted us

to see a man

like

that,

a strong natural

man

with

beautiful

eyes.

 

our parents

were ashamed

that they were

not

like that

man,

that’s why they

wanted us

to stay

away.

 

but

we went back

to that house

and the bamboo

and the tame

goldfish.

we went back

many times

for many weeks

but we never

saw

or heard

the man

again.

 

the shades were

down

as always

and it was

quiet.

 

then one day

as we came back from

school

we saw the

house.

 

it had burned

down,

there was nothing

left,

just a smoldering

twisted black

foundation

and we went to

the fish pond

and there was

no water

in it

and the fat

orange goldfish

were dead

there,

drying out.

 

we went back to

my parents’ yard

and talked about

it

and decided that

our parents had

burned their

house down,

had killed

them

had killed the

goldfish

because it was

all too

beautiful,

even the bamboo

forest had

burned.

 

they had been

afraid of

the man with the

beautiful

eyes.

 

and

we were afraid

then

that

all throughout our lives

things like that

would

happen,

that nobody

wanted

anybody

to be

strong and

beautiful

like that,

that

others would never

allow it,

and that

many people

would have to

die.

 

Charles Bukowski

German-born, Los Angeles-based poet and author who is remembered for his works of dirty realism and transgressive fiction. A writer of novels, poems, short stories, and screenplays, he is known for works such as Factotum, The Last Night of the Earth Poems, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, and Barfly.

Suspected of draft dodging, he was arrested by FBI agents in Philadelphia, and he spent nearly a month in prison during the World War II years.

His poetry deals with the subjects of love, alcoholism, Los Angeles, and poverty.

His memoir Ham on Rye describes his childhood with an abusive father. Bukowski married health food restaurant owner Linda Lee Beighle nine years before his death from leukemia. He had a daughter named Marina.

Actor Mickey Rourke played Bukowski in the 1984 film Barfly.

Vocabulary

an overgrown garden

gazzal benőtt kert

a dead-beat alcoholic

megrögzött alkoholista

in contrast to

valamivel ellentétben

neurotically

kényszeresen

house proud

pedáns a házra/háztartásra

shade

roló. redőny

to be drawn

le van húzva

bamboo

bambusznád

to pretend

úgy tenni, mintha

fish pond

halastó

goldfish

aranyhal

tame

szelíd

surface

felszín

to wonder

kíváncsinak lenni

God damned

istenverte, átkozott

whore

lotyó, szajha

screen door

szúnyoghálós ajtó

to fling open

kivágódni

cigar

szivar

needed a shave

borostás volt, borotválatlan volt

uncombed

fésületlen

barefoot

mezítláb

undershirt

atléta, trikó

pants

nadrág

to blaze

izzani

to decide

dönteni

natural

természetes, nem mesterséges

to be ashamed

szégyenkezni

to burn down

leégni

smoldering

parázsló

twisted

eltorzult

foundation

alap

to allow

megengedni

poet

költő

author

szerző

transgressive fiction

olyan tabu témákat feldolgozó irodalom, amit más szerzők nem szívesen írnak meg

novel

regény

screenplay

forgatókönyv

to suspect of

valamivel gyanúsítani

draft dodging

elmenekülni a katonai behívó elől

to arrest

letartóztatni

poverty

szegénység

abusive

bántalmazó

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