down to it

the latest is
of two of our leading   magazines
trying to get to the news stands first
with the photos
NUDE
taken while
the leading lady rock star was
still
unknown.

there seems some vast excitement
about all this
via the media

but

the real problem being that a
breast is just a breast and a
thigh is just a thigh and
that pubic hair and
lips between the legs
are hardly anything
new

and also that the lady
really doesn’t sing very
well
and rather looks like
any dumpty I’ve picked up
off of a neighborhood
bar stool.

I don’t mean this to be an
unkindness to the
lady or to any of   the
ladies

but if somebody doesn’t put
a small minus-mark against
such overblown unrealities
as they crop up
then
our lives and our deaths
which
up to now
have lacked a certain
central sincerity of
meaning
sure as shit
aren’t going to get
any better
with me
keeping
quiet.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript