mean and stingy

oh, we don’t have enough parties,
I just love to dance,
we never see anybody,
what have we had lately?:
one poetry reading.
you got to the racetrack
and you only make love to me
when you’re ready
when you’re not hungover
when you’re not tired from the
track.
it’s the same thing over and over
again.
I’m afraid to invite people over
here because you’ll insult them.
you’re supposed to be the greatest
poet in Los Angeles
but you’re mean and stingy,
you claim we have a great relationship
you claim you like my kids,
and when I lost $75 at the track
you didn’t pay it for me.
you give me very little.
we don’t see anybody
it’s just the same thing over and
over again,
don’t you know that life can be
interesting?   I’m so bored, bored,
bored, bored, I’m about to go
crazy!

o.k., I say, and hang up.
now she can get un-bored, I think.
I wonder who will un-bore her
first?
probably a bore.   a poolplayer
with asthma who likes the
3 Stooges comedy
replays.

what she really doesn’t know is
that–usually–only boring people
get bored.

and before you do
I’ll hang   up this
poem.


when you’re not tired from the
track.
it’s the same thing over and over
again.
I’m afraid to invite people over
here because you’ll insult them.
you’re supposed to be the greatest
poet in Los Angeles
but you’re mean and stingy,
you claim we have a great relationship
you claim you like my kids,
and when I lost $75 at the track
you didn’t pay it for me.
you give me very little.
we don’t see anybody
it’s just the same thing over and
over again,
don’t you know that life can be
interesting?   I’m so bored, bored,
bored, bored, I’m about to go
crazy!

o.k., I say, and hang up.
now she can get un-bored, I think.
I wonder who will un-bore her
first?
probably a bore.   a poolplayer
with asthma who likes the
3 Stooges comedy
replays.

what she really doesn’t know is
that–usually–only boring people
get bored.

and before you do
I’ll hang   up this
poem.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1975
Source
Original manuscript
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