Bedtime Story

Obere Webergasse 48 — November 25th 2018

unsaid, said the snail.
untold, said the toirtoise.
doesn’t matter, said the tiger.
obey me, said the country.
watch me climb, said the fern.
it doesn’t matter, said the tiger.
unsaid, said the snail.
untold, said the tortoise.
I’ll run, said the mouse.
doesn’t matter, said the cat.
I’ll fly, said the sparrow.
doesn’t matter, said the cat.
obey us, said the father and
the country.
everybody shut up! Roared the
tiger.

the night came down,
the lights went out
and the cities
burned.

now, go to
sleep.

«Bedtime Story» by Charles Bukowski — written on May 10th 1992 and published in the «World Letter Magazine» № 4 (1993)


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