Ein seltenes Talent

einfach nur ganz still
sitzen und einen alten
Hausschuh betrachten

 

Charles Bukowski (1920 bis 1994)

the area of pause

you have to have it or the walls will close
in.
you have to give everything up, throw it
away, everything away.
you have to look at what you look at
or think what you think
or do what you do
or
don’t do
without considering personal
advantage
without accepting guidance.

people are worn away with
striving,
they hide in common
habits.
their concerns are herd
concerns.

few have the ability to stare
at an old shoe for
ten minutes
or to think of odd things
like who invented the
doorknob?

they become unalive
because they are unable to
pause
undo themselves
unkink
unsee
unlearn
roll clear.

listen to their untrue
laughter, then
walk
away.

Charles Bukowski: The Pleasures of the Damned. Poems, 1951-1993. New York: HarperCollins 2007. 434f.