Sunday, September 26, 2010

10 Lions and the End of the World


                                        in a national magazine of repute
                                        (yes, I was reading it)
                                        I saw a photograph of lions
                                        crossing a street
                                        in some village
                                        and taking their time;
                                        that's the way
                                        it should be
                                        and some day when
                                        they turn out the lights
                                        and the whole thing's over,
                                        I'll be sitting here
                                        in the chalky smoke
                                        thinking of those 10 damned
                                        (yes, I counted them)
                                        lions
                                        blocking traffic
                                        while the roses bloomed.
                                        we all ought to
                                        do that
                                        now
                                        while there's
                                        t
                                        i
                                        m
                                        e.

                                                                            —Charles Bukowski


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