a note upon waste

I have green and white pajamas which
I have only worn once.
and once while drunk I
twisted my ankle
and I purchased a thick wooden cane
for $2 and I only used it once (at
a racetrack).

there are other things I have only used
once: one
Joan one Diana one nameless Philadelphia
whore one German girl whose name I have
forgotten one girl in a bicycle warehouse
one girlfriend of a girlfriend and one lady
with very large nostrils.

once-used things,
as they used me once.

I should at least wear my green and white
pajamas tonight when I go to bed
alone.   my thick wooden cane I suppose was
once needed.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1977
Source
Original manuscript
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