Charles Bukowski poem and story database
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Story written in 1974
Lucille was not a bad sort, I mean compared to most who had lived with me. Like the others she drank, lied, cheated, stole and exaggerated, but as a man goes on he stops looking for the whole cloth, he'll settle for a piece of rag. And then he'll pass that on to the next while scratching his ear.
But, generally, while things are working just a little, a wise man will tend to accept the moment because if you don't you just get a bag with you in it and when you shake it you only hear one sound...
The Bell Tolls for No One - pg. 187 - 2015
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Los Angeles Free Press - No. 545 - December 27 - 1974
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