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Charles Bukowski

in the cupboard sits my bottle
like a dwarf waiting to scratch out my prayers.
I drink and cough like some idiot at a symphony,
sunlight and maddened birds are everywhere,
the phone rings gamboling its sound
against the odds of the crooked sea;
I drink deeply and evenly now,
I drink to paradise
and death
and the lie of love.

― Charles Bukowski, from “soirée,” The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems, 1946-1966. (Black Sparrow Pr; First Edition edition, May 1, 1988)

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