putrefaction by charles bukowski

 of late

I’ve had this thought

that this country

has gone backwards

4 or 5 decades 

and that all the

social advancement

the good feeling of

person toward

person

has been washed

away 

and replaced by the same

old bigotries.


we have

more than ever

the selfish wants of power

the disregard for the

weak

the old

the impoverished

the 

helpless.

we are replacing want with

war

salvation with

slavery.

we have wasted the

gains

we have become

rapidly

less.

we have our Bomb

it is our fear

our damnation

and our

shame.

now

something so sad

has hold of us

that

the breath

leaves and we can’t even

cry.