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SUCCESS

Poem by Charles Bukowski

I had a most difficult job

starting my 14 year old car today

in 100 degree heat

I had to take the carburetor off

leap back and forth

adjusting the set-screw,

a 2 by 4 jammed against the gas pedal

to hold it down.

I got it going — after 45 minutes —

I mailed 4 letters

purchased something cool

came back

got into my place

and listened to Ives

had dreams of empire

my great white belly against

the fan. 

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“Success” by Charles Bukowski is part of his collection entitled Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Unitl the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. Find the book at Amazon.com.

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