Christmas and New Year’s move
toward us
again

the old sickening
duet

the masses coming out
of their tv
caves

the family
gatherings

the gross
dull
nothingness,
the fake
drunks,
the fake
smiles,
the fake
people

may we live
through this
somehow,
one more
time

—Charles Bukowski


* This piece is a reworking, in poetic form, of an excerpt from a letter that Charles Bukowski wrote to Douglas Goodwin on December 4, 1992 (12:16 AM). Taken from the book Reach for the Sun: Selected Letters 1978–1994, Volume 3.

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