DRINKING NOT ALLOWED

by Antonio Gil July. 15, 2015 3142 views

Are You Drinking?
a poem by Charles Bukowsky

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 motel
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 up 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.

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Zajä…C 5 years, 7 months ago

super.

5 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kara Bana 5 years, 9 months ago

Dammit!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sara G 5 years, 9 months ago

That's a lot of booze :-) Liked the poem..sad to be that bored with life.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Liz M 5 years, 9 months ago

I have never heard this poem before..I like it a lot and the your photo!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay 5 years, 9 months ago

Que pena

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 9 months ago

Well done! (Although not at all a favourite subject of mine...) I like the poem too.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps someone might pass me one to enjoy in the sunshine this afternoon.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 5 years, 9 months ago

Must be Sunday? Bukowsky!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 9 months ago

So did I!
Caged alcohol - whatever next?

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 9 months ago

At first glance I thought this was a block of flats.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
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