counter

he kept noticing that each time he spoke
she counteracted his statement.

he decided to ignore it.
that is, he decided not to tell her about
it.

but each time he spoke
(as the days and weeks went to)
she counteracted his statement(s).

he thought, it’s probably her way of
being intelligent.
she probably does it with others
too.

he decided to speak less
or not at all
if possible.

but one day
when he spoke again
she counteracted his statement.

so he decided to tell her.
he said, “do you know that each time
I speak that you
counteract with a statement that
reverses what I’ve said?”

“that’s not true,” she answered
him.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1980
Source
Original manuscript
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