the pleasures of the damned
are limited to brief moments
of happiness:
like the eyes in the look of a dog,
like a square of wax,
like a fire taking the city hall,
the county,
the continent,
like fire taking the hair
of maidens and monsters;
and hawks buzzing in peach trees,
the sea running between their claws,
drunk and damp,
everything burning,
everything wet,
everything fine.

~C. Bukowski, the pleasures of the damned~ from Betting on the Muse