yung cats

yung cats dead in old hotel rooms
stuck and crumpled into corners
idealized then
                          why not?
for the furious course and the
                          chase

but most often
                          later
examining the wordage left
                          behind

                          not much

more an idea
                          not clarified

                          o.k. if you know
what it is or
                          think you do…

yung cats dead in old hotel rooms

all right, they were killed by what
                          they were feeding:  the
                          asinine
listener.

yung cats dead in old hotel rooms
finally have
                          no place else left to
                          go to.

I’ll take the old cats who
                          hung around to
fight.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1981
Source
Original manuscript