Appears (in an edited form, as "riots") in Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way and The Pleasures of the Damned

Charles Bukowski
the riots

I've watched this city burn twice
in my lifetime
and the most notable thing
was the arrival of the
politicians in the
proclaiming the wrongs of
the system
and demanding new
policies toward and for the

nothing was corrected last
nothing will be corrected this

the poor will remain poor.
the unemployed will remain
the homeless will remain

and the politicians,
fat upon the land, will live
very well.

For more of Bukowski's thoughts on the Los Angeles riots (both of them), see Sunlight Here I Am: Interviews

©Linda Lee Bukowski - used with permission