you must remember that each day you get out of bed, it’s a new beginning….

believing what they say you are
is
dangerous
especially if they say
very grand things
about
you

and you
believe them

you are apt to smash a
camera when somebody attempts to
photograph you at the
airport

or you might get drunk
at your place
and shoot your telephone with a
44 magnum

you could purchase a very
expensive automobile
and become irritated
with the poor folk
in their old wrecks
who block your lanes
on the
freeway

or you might get married
too many times
or have too many
girlfriends

or you could go to Europe
too often
getting drunk too
often

abusing
waiters

refusing
autographs

you could even
kill
somebody

and
in many ways
you could even
kill
yourself

many
do.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript
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