I am giving away the prize

let me tell you
with   a certain abandon
that

women have cured me of
women

and that
the next well-turned ankle
the next balancing of the buttocks
the next perking of the breasts
the next glimmering invitation of the eyes

will mean nothing to
me:

I    am turning all these over
to the bulls
and may the bulls love them
forever.

women have cured me of
women.

let the bulls be bulls

let the women be women

let me
out.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1986
Source
Original manuscript