have a nice day

there’s no mercy,
said the truckdriver.
there’s mercy,
said the nun.
there’s no chance,
said the hangman.
it’s war,
said the service station operator.
I gotta pay for my education,
said the doctor.
our nation is evolving,
said the president.
I can’t sleep,
said the general.
I have to get my teeth fixed,
said the dancehall hostess.
I’ve got 3 years left,
said the cornerback.

I’ve got 3 years left,
said the truckdriver.
I have to get teeth fixed,
said the nun.
I can’t sleep,
said the hangman.
our nation is evolving,
said the service station operator.
I gotta pay for my education,
said the cornerback.
it’s war,
said the dancehall hostess.
there’s no chance,
said the president.
there’s no mercy,
said the doctor.

and it’s true
what they say about
Dixie.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1978
Source
Original manuscript