life, people, you and the purple dog which has nothing to do with any of this–

push in the sides and the front jumps
out.
push at the front and the top leaps
off.

push down the top and it
all
flattens out.

go for a walk and forget it.
It has forgotten you.

or don’t go for a walk.

and don’t talk.
they won’t listen.

they have forgotten you.

their fronts, sides and tops have
been pushed.

they are flattened.

forget them.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1992
Source
Original manuscript