on drinking

the best way to drink is alone.
the only way to drink is alone.
the perfect way to drink is alone.
whether it is the 20th century or
the 21st,
the best and only and perfect
way to drink is alone.
whether you’re rich or whether
you’re poor or in between
or whether you’re old or young
or in between,
the best way to drink is by
yourself
in a small room
with the door closed
preferably at night.
you have the drink,
you have yourself.
lift that drink within the walls,
put it to your lips
and have it.
this is the
universe.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1992
Source
Original manuscript