love

I’ve seen old pairs
sitting in rockers
across from each other
being congratulated and   celebrated
for being together 50 or 60
years
who would have
so long ago
settled for anything
else
but fate
fear and
circumstance
bound them,
and as we tell them
how wonderful they are
in their great and enduring
love
only they
really know
but can’t tell us
that from their first
meeting
on
it didn’t mean
all that
like
waiting on death
now.
it’s about the
same.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1984