driving test

drivers
in defense and anger
often give the
finger
to those
who become involved in their
driving
problems.

I am aware what the
signal of the finger
implies
yet when it is directed
at me
sometimes
I can’t help laughing at
the florid
twisted
faces
and
the gesture.

yet today
I found myself
giving the finger
to some guy
who pulled directly
into my lane
without waiting
from a supermarket
exit.

I shook the finger at
him.

he saw it
and I drove along right on his
rear
bumper.

it was my first
time.

I was a member of the
club
and I felt like a
fucking
fool.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript