suitable

she is an old woman
now
still quite beautiful
she has known many of
the famous.

we are sitting in a cafe
and she tells me,
“Hemingway was an amazing
man, he’d sit about and
make these statements
one after another, these
astonishing statements…”

I like that.
but I have nothing to
say.

well, I do
I tell her: “the red
sauce in the little bowl
is very hot so
don’t use it unless you
like that sort of
thing.”

–such statements don’t
create legends
but for temporary mortals
they still have a
rather
sturdy worthiness.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1982
Source
Original manuscript