A Word With Bukowski

It's no good.
Me, doing that
mirror, mirror
on the wall
smearing my
wrinkles with Arden
while you moan
about old chorus girls
and the horrors of
ingrown toenails
in prison.

You always could
outtalk me, you know.

I say I have visions
of Dorothy's shoes,
empty, on the yellow
brick road, and that
mid-earth explosions
will destroy our dreams, 
hope to impress with profundity.

You roll bored eyes,
tap one finger on the countertop.

I wish you could have
come when my breasts
still burned men's hands
and my laugh chased
away all blackbirds of sorrow.

But those days have been
drained, like fine wine,
so yes, let us talk
about worn-out furnaces,
overdue mortgages,
liver spots,
and watch the buzzards
draw straws over who
gets the last rib.

Pris Campbell

Photograph of Bukowski found on THIS SITE, along with the poem that prompted this response, The Blackbirds Are Rough Today..

Published in the Bonsai edition of Mipoesias Journal 2004

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