the fix

sometimes a man gets so sad
he can hardly feel it
anymore.
sometimes a man gets so sad
for so long
he hardly knows
anymore.

sometimes a man gets so sad
feels so bad,
it just doesn’t
matter.

dying begins to look good
but dying won’t come.

it’s just the walls and
the streets and
people dressed in clothes,
people talking.

it’s like the oldest
movie
that doesn’t
change.

sometimes a man gets so sad
there’s no out,
there’s no in,
there’s no up,
there’s no down.

it’s just a man
in his body
waiting
and
waiting
and
waiting.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1990
Source
Original manuscript