Remember

be cool, fool

you have to accept this
reality
whether you
sit at a punch press all day or
whether you
work in a coal mine or
whether you come home
exhausted from a cardboard box factory
to find
3 kids bouncing dirty tennis balls
against the walls of a
2 room flat as
your fat wife sleeps while
the dinner burns
away.

you have to accept this
reality
which includes enough nations with
enough nuclear stockpiles to
blow away the very center of the
earth
and to finally liberate
the Devil
Himself
with his
spewing red fire of liquid
doom.

you have to accept this
reality
as the madhouse walls
bulge
break
and the terrified insane
flood our
ugly streets.

you have to accept terrible
reality.

–Charles Bukowski

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2 Comments on “Remember”

  1. terri Says:

    I really like Bukowski – this was great. Thanks

  2. gerry Says:

    Acceptance, is there anything harder?