nice try

the best dream I ever had
I could fly in this dream
I did fly in this dream
and it was over fields
and dry brown hills
and below me
men, women and children
were running,
and then what made me
fly
began to falter
and I got close to
them
and they reached up
their arms and tried to
grab me
but I forced myself
to fly upwards again
out of their
reach
and then I flew very
high
through clouds
and out into
sunlight.

when I awakened
I was on the
drunktank floor
of the old
Lincoln Heights jail
at North Avenue
21
and not only
didn’t I have any
wings
all I had was
my property slip
and somebody was
puking into the
toilet.

maybe I’d be an
angel
some other
time.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1983