Tuesday, December 31, 2013

“New Year's Eve always terrifies me” (Bukowski)

... each man must realize
that it can all disappear very
the cat, the woman, the job,
the front tire,
the bed, the walls, the
room; all our necessities
including love,
rest on foundations of sand --
and any given cause,
no matter how unrelated:
the death of a boy in Hong Kong
or a blizzard in Omaha ...
can serve as your undoing.
all your chinaware crashing to the
kitchen floor, your girl will enter
and you'll be standing, drunk,
in the center of it and she'll ask:
my god, what's the matter?
and you'll answer: I don't know,
I don't know ...” 

"Pull A String, A Puppet Moves"
Charles Bukowski, from
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame:
Selected Poems 1955-1973

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