Good’s a Slow Learn (with heartburn)

A compassionate conversation with excerpt from a version of, ‘the Crunch’ from life-long inspiration, Bukowski. Response written as if shared between us and the bottle. My part, intended as humble respect. For full poem, click here: https://bukowski.net/poems/the_crunch.php

Too much
too little
or not enough

too fat
too thin
or nobody

laughter or
tears
or immaculate
non-concern

haters
lovers

and people are not good to each other


too settled
non-committal
more than’s
enough,

sucked out fat,
now too thin
this ain’t
no body,

nervous laughter,
few pure tears
over concern

lovers sleeping
beneath haters

people are not good
to each other, or
maybe good’s
just a slow
learn.

image: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/charles-bukowski-portrait-david-shumate.html

image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2UCT5ABGa4