air and light and time and space


"Ėyou know, Iíve either had a family, a job,

something has always been in the


but now

Iíve sold my house, Iíve found this

place, a large studio, you should see the space and

the light.

for the first time in my life Iím going to have

a place and the time to



no baby, if youíre going to create

youíre going to create whether you work

16 hours a day in a coal mine


youíre going to create in a small room with 3 children

while youíre on


youíre going to create with part of your mind and your body blown


youíre going to create blind



youíre going to create with a cat crawling up your

back while

the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,

flood and fire.


baby, air and light and time and space

have nothing to do with it

and donít create anything

except maybe a longer life to find

new excuses



© Charles Bukowski, Black Sparrow Press