The Dread Of Life Is That Swarm Of Trivialities That Can Kill Quicker Than Cancer

American Country Kitchen Cafe, Joshua Tree CA. Iphone6s

The dread of life

is that swarm of trivialities

that can kill quicker than cancer

and which are always there –

license plates or taxes

or expired driver’s license,

or hiring or firing,

doing it or having it done to you, or

roaches or flies or a

broken hook on a

screen, or out of gas

or too much gas,

the sink’s stopped-up, the landlord’s drunk,

the president doesn’t care and the governor’s


— Charles Bukowski from poem The Shoelace