knowing all along that you’re not the only one to think like this

you think, all right

just as good as heart
better than lung
better than liver
better than love

there is something here.

let the affairs with the ladies
go.


smoking like this
drinking like this
continually

you think, all right

let the lungs go
let the heart go
let the liver go

when the words come rolling out
and you know that they are
all right

when you get drunk and
it gets good.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1981
Source
Original manuscript