Published on Academy of American Poets (https://poets.org)


this kind of fire

sometimes I think the gods
deliberately keep pushing me
into the fire
just to hear me
yelp 
a few good
lines.

they just aren't going to
let me retire
silk scarf about neck
giving lectures at 
Yale.

the gods need me to
entertain them.

they must be terribly
bored with all
the others

and I am too.

and now my cigarette lighter
has gone dry.
I sit here
hopelessly
flicking it.

this kind of fire
they can't give
me.

Credit


From The Continual Condtion by Charles Bukowski. Copyright © 2009 by Linda Lee Bukowski. Used by permission of Ecco Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Author


Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five, and his poems often feature a depraved metropolitan environment, downtrodden members of American society, direct language, violence, and sexual imagery.

Date Published: 2009-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/kind-fire