cicada

writers love to use the word
“cicada” in a poem.
it makes them believe that
they are there, that they
have done it.
everytime I see this word
in a poem, I think, damn
it, haven’t the editors
caught on yet?
that it’s a con?
a way to milk the game?

and look at me
here I’m using it:
cicada.

well, that means that
this poem will get
published.

see?

it works.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1992
Source
Original manuscript