heart in the cage

frenzy in the marketplace.
cities burn.
the world shakes and calls for
democracy.
democracy doesn’t work.
Christianity doesn’t work.
nor Atheism.
nothing works but the gun
and the man on
top.
nothing changes.
the centuries change and
Man remains the
same.
love buckles and dissolves;
hatred is the
reality
in continents and in
rooms of two
people.
nothing works but the gun
and the man on
top.
all else is
theory.

frenzy in the marketplace.
cities burn.
to be rebuilt to
burn again.

democracy doesn’t work.
it’s just the gun,
the gun and the man on
top.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1992
Source
Original manuscript