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Author: poem of Charles Bukowski Type: poem Views: 8

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at the track today,


Father's Day,


each paid admission was


entitled to a wallet


and each contained a


little surprise.



most of the men seemed


between 30 and 55,


going to fat,


many of them in walking


shorts,


they had gone stale in


life,


flattened out....



in fact, damn it, they


aren't even worth writing


about!


why am I doing


this?



these don't even


deserve a death bed,


these little walking


whales,


only there are so


many of


them,


in the urinals,


in the food lines,


they have managed to


survive



in a most limited


sense


but when you see


so many of them


like that,


there and not there,


breathing, farting,


commenting,


waiting for a thunder


that will not arrive,


waiting for the charging


white horse of


Glory,


waiting for the lovely


female that is not


there,


waiting to WIN,


waiting for the great


dream to


engulf them


but they do nothing,


they clomp in their


sandals,


gnaw at hot dogs


dog style,


gulping at the


meat,


they complain about


losing,


blame the jocks,


drink green


beer,


the parking lot is


jammed with their


unpaid for


cars,


the jocks mount


again for another


race,


the men press


toward the betting


windows


mesmerized,


fathers and non-fathers


Monday is waiting


for them,


this is the last


big lark.



and the horses are


totally


beautiful.


it is shocking how


beautiful they


are


at that time,


at that place,


their life shines


through;


miracles happen,


even in


hell.



I decide to stay for


one more


race.





from Transit magazine, 1994






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