there is the cross, the builders of the cross and the burners of the
the pattern of my life forms like a cheap shadow
on the wall before me.
what is left of it
now must crawl
to wherever it can crawl.
the strongest know that death is
and the happiest are those gifted with the
About the Author
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. He published his first story at twenty-four and began writing poetry at thirty-five, publishing extensively in small literary magazines and small presses from the early 1940s through the early '90s. The "King of the Underground," he remained loyal to those small press editors who had first championed his work. During his life he wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, publishing over sixty books.