Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Throwing Away The Alarm Clock - Charles Bukowski




Throwing Away the Alarm Clock
by Charles Bukowski


my father always said, "early to bed and
early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy 
and wise."

it was lights out at 8 p.m. in our house
and we were up at dawn to the smell of
coffee, frying bacon and scrambled 
eggs. 

my father followed this general routine
for a lifetime and died young, broke, 
and, I think, not too
wise.

taking note, I rejected his advice and it
became, for me, late to bed and late
to rise.

now, I'm not saying that I've conquered
the world but I've avoided
numberless early traffic jams, bypassed some
common pitfalls
and have met some strange, wonderful
people

one of whom 
was 
myself—someone my father
never 
knew.




"Throwing Away the Alarm Clock" by Charles Bukowski, from The Flash of Lighting Behind the Mountain. © Harper Collins, 2004.

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