a consideration of the structure——

it gets
            bad
                 and then it gets
            worse

and then
            they let you
                                 heal
                                         (may-
be)      and                      (may-
be)
            let you dream a
while

            and
while
            you’re in this
            state
            they
                                         toss
one
            at
            you
                                         from
the left
            and                      from
above:

            they
            knock you          down
crushing
            your teeth          into
            the
hardwood
            floor

then
            they let you        re-
cover  from                    that
and then they’ll send you
            love
and
            rip it                    away
send it soaking down
            a river of
piss.

they
      test you and
      test you and
      rest you and then
      test you
again
      again and
again

then
      turn you toward
      and into that
Dark
      where you have
      been
      preceded
      by the
billions

they
      send you
      straight into
      that
      like a
shot.


all
      that:
      it’s enough to make a
      man
drink
      6 nights a
      week
at
      least.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1986
Source
Original manuscript