the road to hell

poem by charles bukowski from The Flash of Lightening Behind the Mountain

the road to hell

if only there were more magic people

to help us get through

this strange life.

 

surpisingly there are a few.

 

the problem being that often

their magic doesn’t hold up

for long

mainly

because they begin to

think it’s because

they are special

 

when really

it’s almost an off-hand thing

like some damned crazy unearned

gift.

 

and when the magic people

begin to misuse their

prowess

begin to use it

in the wrong ways

then

it

vanishes

 

and

that’s a

law

 

and it’s one of the most

unalterable laws

of the gods and the

universe

 

and there is

nothing sadder

or more

frightening

than the once-gifted ones

still trying to work their

magic

for the

crowd

 

which never offers,

but only

accepts.

mercy.

 

-Charles Bukowski

 

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