I pour a drink and toast the love of my luck

this is the
unsubtracted sum
this is living beyond
the death

being like this beats
Buddha
beats all the lovely
women
it is the victory of
all the armies
forever

being here
again
this late night
in a smoke-filled
room
drinking
listening to the
radio’s classical
music

and here
is the
typewriter.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript