These Things

These things that we support most well
have nothing to do with us,
and we do with them
out of boredom or fear or money
or cracked intelligence;
our circle and our candle of light
being small,
so small we cannot bear it,
we heave out with Idea
and lose the Center:
all wax without the wick,
and we see names that once meant
    wisdom,
like signs into ghost towns,
and only the graves are real.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1956
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