the couple

they were an old couple
and she slept with her
head at one end of the
bed
and he with his head
at the other
end,
they said,
in case somebody
came to murder
them
then one of them
would have a
better chance to
escape.

when he died
she had a replica
made of his
body
and she slept with
her head at one end
of the bed
and the replica’s
head was at the
other.

and just like in the
past,
several times a
night,
she would awaken
in a fury and
scream,
“DAMN YOU, STOP
THAT
GOD DAMNED
SNORING!”

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1992
Source
Original manuscript