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The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski
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May 25, 2007

really liked it
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i'm presenting here a few of the poems in this collection that made significant impressions on me.


"are you drinking?"

washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook
out again
I write from the bed
as I did last
year.

will see the doctor,
Monday.

"yes, doctor, weak legs, vertigo, head-
aches and my back
hurts."

"are you drinking?" he will ask.
"are you getting your
exercise, your
vitamins?"

I think that I am just ill
with life, the same stale yet
fluctuating
factors.

even at the track
I watch the horses run by
and it seems
meaningless.

I leave early after buying tickets on the
remaining races.

"taking off?" asks the mutuel
clerk.

"yes, it's boring,"
I tell him.

"if you think it's boring
out there," he tells me, "you oughta be
back here."

so here I am
propped against my pillows
again

just an old guy
just an old writer
with a yellow
notebook.

something is
walking across the
floor
toward
me.

oh, it's just
my cat

this
time.




"let me tell you"

hell is built
piece by piece
brick by brick
around
you.
it's a gradual,
not a rapid
process.

we build our
own
inferno,
blame
others.

but hell is
hell.

wordly hell is
hell.

my hell and
your
hell.

our
hell.

hell, hell,
hell.

the song of
hell.

putting your
shoes on
in the
morning.
hell.





"that I have known the dead"

that I have known the dead and now I'm
dying
as they spoon the succotash and
noodles
into a skull
past
caring.

that I have known the dead and now I'm
dying
in a world long ago
gone

leaving this is
nothing.
loving it was
too.

that I have known the dead and now I'm
dying
fingers thin to the
bone,
I offer no
prayers.

that I have known the dead and now I'm
dying

dying
I have known the dead

here on earth
and elsewhere;
alone now,
alone then,
alone.






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