neon

today at the track they gave
all the patrons
neon caps.
the caps glowed and
said
HOLLYWOOD PARK.

some of those jerkoffs
wore their caps on
backwards.

25 thousand neon
heads.

faces of
greed.
stone
faces.
faces of
horror.
blank wall
faces.

idiot eyes
under
neon.

fat white
stupified
husbands and
wives.

Oakies with
blond hair.

screechers
preachers
poachers
punks…

left-overs,
half-dead,
part
warm.

neon
neon.

cement
faces.
blithering
voices.

nothing.

neon over
nothing.

I thought I was
in hell.

maybe I was in
hell.

a day glow
inferno of
festering
zero.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1990
Source
Original manuscript