There's a bluebird in my heart

from Charles Bukowski – Bluebird on Rap Genius

Meaning

For thousands of years, across hundreds of different cultures around the world, the bluebird has stood as a positive symbol representing a large array of sentiments; most notably it stood for happiness, prosperity, and rebirth. Many cultures hold it to be sacred, including Korean legend which believes the bluebird to be the messenger of the Gods and overseer of Humans. This belief is further supported by early sailors whom would tattoo bluebirds on their bodies after safe passage across 10,000 nautical miles.

Bukowski is likely referring to the delicate nature of the bluebird in this poem. A dead bluebird represents the progression from innocence and youth to adulthood or sin. The bluebird in his heart represents the last bit of innocence he has and because of this, is the most vulnerable part of him

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