they need what they need…

out here in Long Beach we have
one of the largest airplanes
in the world
which can’t fly
sitting next to
one of the largest ocean liners
which no longer cruises
and the people stand in long lines
to be able to pay
in order to
examine these useless
monuments.

show them something
useful and real
like a Cezanne or a Chagall
and they’ll fall
asleep.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1983