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  • Pull A String, A Puppet Moves

    each man must realize
    that it can all disappear very
    the cat, the woman, the job,
    the front tire,
    the bed, the walls, the
    room; all our necessities
    including love,
    rest on foundations of sand -
    and any given cause,
    no matter how unrelated:
    the death of a boy in Hong Kong
    or a blizzard in Omaha ...
    can serve as your undoing.
    all your chinaware crashing to the
    kitchen floor, your girl will enter
    and you'll be standing, drunk,
    in the center of it and she'll ask:
    my god, what's the matter?
    and you'll answer: I don't know,
    I don't know ...

    ~Charles Bukowski
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