A Challenge to the Dark

PARIS ANGEL by Philip Sweeck

PARIS ANGEL by Philip Sweeck

A Challenge to the Dark by Charles Bukowski

shot in the eye

shot in the brain

shot is the ass

shot like a flower in the dance


amazing how death wins hands down

amazing how much credence is given to idiot forms of life


amazing how laughter has been drowned out

amazing how viciousness is such a constant


I must soon declare my own war on their war

I must hold my last piece of ground

I must protect the small space I have made that has allowed me life


my life not their death

my death not their death...


All the Way


Roll the Dice by Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is