“there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
people so tired
either by love or no love.
people just are not good to each other
one on one.
the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.
we are afraid.
our educational system tells us
that we can all be
it hasn’t told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.
or the terror of one person
aching in one place
watering a plant.”
~ Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell
Lighting new cigarettes,
pouring more drinks.
It has been a beautiful fight.
If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.
Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.
If you’re doing it for money or fame, don’t do it.
If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed, don’t do it.
If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it, don’t do it.
If you have to wait for it to roar out of you, then wait patiently.
If it never does roar out of you, do something else.
Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don’t do it.
Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don’t do it.
When it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, It will do it by itself
and it will keep on doing it until you die
or it dies in you.
There is no other way.
And there never was.
“Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”
~ Charles Bukowski
Writers are desperate people, and when they stop being desperate they
stop being writers.
“The hangover was brutal but he didn’t mind.
It told him he had been somewhere else, someplace good.”
~ Charles Bukowski
SELLING OUT THE GODS
Lizard King lunchboxes for
Precocious children are coming soon
To a supermarket near you.
They will be next to the Jim Carroll
Action figures and the “Rimbaud was
a wildman” T-Shirts in isle 5.
The Jack Kerouac cereal is fortified
And delicious …
R.M. Engelhardt 2005