Come on In!

Come on In!

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by Charles Bukowski
     
 

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learning the ropes

he was my guru.
he was a big man, bearded, self-assured.
he sat in one chair.
I sat in another.
we had been up together many days
and nights.

there had been an hour's heavy
silence.
then he leaned forward slightly
and whispered,
"you don't have to worry about
worms when you die, Chinaski,
worms

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Overview

learning the ropes

he was my guru.
he was a big man, bearded, self-assured.
he sat in one chair.
I sat in another.
we had been up together many days
and nights.

there had been an hour's heavy
silence.
then he leaned forward slightly
and whispered,
"you don't have to worry about
worms when you die, Chinaski,
worms don't infest dead
bodies, it's a fairy tale."

"that's good to know," I
said.

then we fell into another
hour's heavy
silence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060577056
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

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Come On In!

come on in

welcome to my wormy hell.
the music grinds off-key.
fish eyes watch from the wall.
this is where the last happy shot was
fired.
the mind snaps closed
like a mind snapping
closed.
we need to discover a new will and a new
way.
we're stuck here now
listening to the laughter of the
gods.
my temples ache with the fact of
the facts.
I get up, move about, scratch
myself.
I'm a pawn.
I am a hungry prayer.
my wormy hell welcomes you.
hello, hello there. come in, come on in!
plenty of room here for us all,
sucker.
we can only blame ourselves so
come sit with me in the dark.
it's half-past
nowhere
everywhere.


this machine is a fountain

my system is always the same:
keep it loose
write a great number of
poems
try with all your
heart and
don't worry about the
bad
ones.

keep it going
keep it
hot
forget about immortality
if you ever
remembered
it.

the sound of this machine is
good.

much paper
more desire.

just
hammer away and wait for lady
luck.

what a
bargain.

Come On In!. Copyright © by Charles Bukowski. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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