a place to go

you can take your girlfriend in a
red hat
on any given day
whether you are feeling good or
you can sit out in the open
at this place
along the docks
and pick yourself out a spider-crab
for $1.20 a pound
fresh and live
they will cook it for you
see those commercial fishboats
out there
take your crab and the sauce and a
wooden hammer and a sheet of
to the thick slivered table
crack your spider crab in the sun
an suck at your beer
the people around you are
normal and tired and easy.
the sun shines through the beer.
shit, it’s been a hard day.
yeah.   hammer that spider
you don’t even have to argue with
your girlfriend.

Charles Bukowski
Original manuscript
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