I can’t have it
and you can’t have it
and we won’t
get it

so don’t bet on it
or even think about
it

just get out of bed
each morning

wash
shave
clothe
yourself
and go out into
it

because
outside of that
all that’s left is
suicide and
madness

so you just
can’t
expect too much

you can’t even
expect

so what you do
is
work from a modest
minimal
base

like when you
walk outside
be glad your car
might possibly
be there

and if it is-
that the tires
aren’t
flat

then you get
in
and if it
starts–you
start.

and
it’s the damndest
movie
you’ve ever
seen
because
you’re
in it–

low budget
and
4 billion
critics

and the longest
run
you ever hope
for
is

one
day.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Charles Bukowski's poem Show Biz

1 Comment

  1. yann Rolland says:

    I discover the poetry of Bukowski with Show Bizz and I’m impressed by the realism of this poem which says DON’T DREAM and BE YOUR OWN WAY even if i don’t totally agree with it…

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