endurance

we’ve been married 30 years,
he told me.

to what do you attribute
that? I asked.

we both roll the toothpaste tube
from the bottom,
he said.

the next morning
before brushing
I rolled the toothpaste tube
from the bottom.

of course, I lived alone so
the significance was
nebulous.

it usually
is.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1984
Source
Original manuscript
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