the redemption, the glory and the act

I’m glad they were here,
all the fuckups: Hemingway, Van
Gogh, Celine, Chatterton, F.Dos,
Pascal, Artaud, etc.
Li Fo, D.H. Lawrence,
Hamsun, etc.

it makes getting through a
night like this so much
easier, you
know.

it’s like borrowing from
them
to hold you on through
until you can find
a bit of
footing
in this slime
pit.

those great monsters
who also
failed

I feel them in this
room
now

along with this empty
bottle

the lighter that doesn’t
light

and the wrist watch
turned on its
left
side

the second hand
thin and moving
in the
lamplight

and
etc.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1990
Source
Original manuscript