skinny-dipping

as a young man
he went skinny-dipping with
Kafka
but it was all too much
for him:
the sun burned him badly
and he was in bed
for two days
with a high
fever.
he was fat
and he twisted in the
sheets.

now Kafka didn’t burn
but he visited the fat
boy in his
bed
and the fat boy’s
mother
gave Kafka
hell.

and life continued.

and the fat boy
went on to write many
books and he became
famous in his
time
while Kafka only wrote
a few and was
unknown.

the fat boy
even went on to live
in Beverly Hills
with a wife of some
importance
and they mixed with
many of the
great ones of their
time

while Kafka was
unknown

and life continued.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1990
Source
Original manuscript