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Poem For My 43rd Birthday

To end up alone
In a tomb of a room
Without cigarettes
Or wine
Just a lightbulb
And a potbelly,
Grayhaired,
And glad to have
The room.
…in the morning
They’re out there
Making money:
Judges, carpenters,
Plumbers, doctors,
Newsboys, policemen,
Barbers, carwashers,
Dentists, florists,
Waitresses, cooks,
Cabdrivers…
And you turn over
To your left side
To get the sun
On your back
And out
Of your eyes.
From “All’s Normal Here” – 1985

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Poem Poem For My 43rd Birthday - Charles Bukowski