Daniel Jaffke

Memorial for Daniel P. Jaffke, a son, brother, and friend.

The Trash Can

 The Trash Can,

Charles Bukowski

this is great, I just wrote two

poems I didn’t like.

there is a trash can on this

I just moved the poems
and dropped them into
the trash can.

they’re gone forever, no

paper, no sound, no
fury, no placenta
and then
just a clean screen
awaits you.

it’s always better

to reject yourself before
the editors do.

especially on a rainy

night like this with
bad music on the radio.

and now—

I know what you’re
maybe he should have
trashed this
misbegotten one

ha, ha, ha,