Hard Cold Wind

IMG_1704trashcan lives

the wind blows hard tonight

and it’s a cold wind

and I think about

the boys on the row

I hope some of them have a bottle

of red

it’s when you’re on the row

that you notice that

everything

is owned

and that there are locks on

everything

this is the way a democracy

works

you get what you can,

try to keep that

and add to it

this is the way a dictatorship

works too

only they either enslave or

destroy their

derelicts.

we forget

ours.

in either case

it’s a hard

cold

wind.

—Charles Bukowski