it doesn't get you now
it will surely get you later
and before it gets you later
it's going to take some others now
so there won't be so many to take

it's been busy everywhere you know,
public and private
sometimes it happens almost overnight,
other times it takes a bit longer
but it never misses,
the sweep is clean.

bathing beauties turn into scrub ladies,
orators spit out their vocal cords,
great hitters go blind at the plate,
tightrope walkers tremble in space,
invincible heavyweights crumble to canvas,
the world's greatest painter takes his shotgun into the cornfields,
funeral follows funeral in caterpillar hush,
it's all so sad, really so sad, I just can't talk about it

Charles Bukowski