near Nirvana

sitting here

squeezing my greasy
nose

plucking eyebrow hairs
and sticking them
to the hot globe of the
reading
lamp.

I am blessed to have
a

reading lamp

greasy nose

and
eyebrow
hairs.


it has been a long
hot
night.

past imperfect

future tense

present participle
of
me

sitting here
drunk

lighting and
re-lighting
cigarette
stubs

as the 3 a.m.
radio

and these
infinitely
infinite
flying bugs

are
here

now.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1986
Source
Original manuscript