to the soul-seekers

some people think that
insanity is soul
anger is artistic
getting drunk is a
signal of a superior
being.

the only time these things
might have value is when
they are done without an
audience, and even then
anger is 3rd. rate.

when disgust replaces
anger
then the angels might
sit down and light
your cigarette.

we’ve been taught that
great men act in obvious
ways
by men who are not
great.

I’ve come across better
creatures than you’ve
probably ever seen
sitting in rooms off
Main street
in undershirts and
wrinkled sack-like
pants.

and I’ve seen some
fools there too
but their angels
looked more like
Bogart and less
like Hope.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1975
Source
Original manuscript
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