sexta-feira, dezembro 27, 2013

they, all of them, know

ask the side walk painters of Paris ask the sunlight on a sleeping dog ask the 3 pigs ask the paperboy ask the music of Donizetti ask the barber ask the murderer ask the man leaning against a wall ask the preacher ask the maker of cabinets ask the pickpocket or the pawnbroker or the glass blower or the seller of manure or the dentist ask the revolutionist ask the man who sticks his head in the mouth of a lion ask the man who will release the next atom bomb ask the man who thinks he's Christ ask the bluebird who comes home at night ask the peeping Tom ask the man dying of cancer ask the man who needs a bath ask the man with one leg ask the blind ask the man with the lisp ask the opium eater ask the trembling surgeon ask the leaves you walk upon ask a rapist or a streetcar conductor or an old man pulling weeds in his garden ask a bloodsucker ask a trainer of fleas ask a man who eats fire ask the most miserable man you can find in his most miserable moment ask a teacher of judo ask a rider of elephants ask a leper, a lifer, a lunger ask a professor of history ask the man who never cleans his nails ask a clown or ask the first face you see in the light of day ask your father ask your son and his son to be ask me ask a burned-out bulb in a paper sack ask the tempted, the damned, the foolish the wise, the slavering ask the builders of temples ask the men who have never worn shoes ask Jesus ask the moon ask the shadows in the closet ask the moth, the monk, the madman ask the man who draws cartoons for The New Yorker ask a goldfish ask a fern shaking to a tapdance ask the map of India ask a kind face ask the man hiding under your bed ask man you hate the most in this world ask the man who drank with Dylan Thomas ask the man who laced Jack Sharkey's gloves ask the sad-faced man drinking coffee ask the plumber ask the man who dreams of ostriches every night ask the ticket taker at a freak show ask the counterfeiter ask the man sleeping in an alley under a sheet of paper ask the conquerors of nations and planets ask the man who has just cut off his finger ask a bookmark in the bible ask the water dripping from a faucet while the phone rings ask perjury ask the deep blue paint ask the parachute jumper ask the man with the bellyache ask the divine eye so sleek and swimming ask the boy wearing tight pants in the expensive academy ask the man who slipped in the bathtub ask the man chewed by the shark ask the one who sold me the unmatched gloves ask these and all those I have left out ask the fire the fire the fire — ask even the liars ask anybody you please at any time you please on any day you please whether it's raining or whether the snow is there or whether you are stepping out onto a porch yellow with warm heat ask this ask that ask the man with birdshit in his hair ask the torturer of animals ask the man who has seen many bullfights in Spain ask the owners of new Cadillacs ask the famous ask the timid ask the albino and the statesman ask the landlords and the poolplayers ask the phonies ask the hired killers ask the bald men and the fat men and the tall men and the short men ask the one-eyed men, the oversexed and undersexed men ask the men who read all the newspaper editorials ask the men who breed roses ask the men who feel almost no pain ask the dying ask the mowers of lawns and the attenders of football games ask any of these or all of these ask ask ask and they'll all tell you: a snarling wife on the balustrade is more than a man can bear. Bukowski

2 comentários:

Anónimo disse...

atenção que também há maridos rosnadores, igualmente insuportáveis.

…se há!...

Anónimo disse...

O que é sabido é que são os homens que ficam resmungões e chatos com a idade. Os homens envelhecem mais depressa e é por isso que morrem mais cedo. Foi assim que Deus fez para dar descanso às mulheres.