10 Lions and the End of the World

Lionesses Crossing Lake, Ngorongoro Crater

in a national magazine of repute
(yes, I was reading it)
I saw a photograph of lions
crossing a street
in some village
and taking their time;
that’s the way
it should be
and some day when
they turn out the lights
and the whole thing’s over,
I’ll be sitting here
in the chalky smoke
thinking of those 10 damned
(yes, I counted them)
lions
blocking traffic
while the roses bloomed.
we all ought to
do that
now
while there’s
t
i
m
e.

Charles Bukowski
The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems 1946-1966

Photo by Nick Brandt: Lionesses Crossing Lake, Ngorongoro Crater (2000)

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