happy birthday

when Wagner was an
old man
a birthday party was given
in his
honor
and a couple of
youthful
incidental compositions
were played.

afterwards
he asked,
“who wrote those?”

“you did,” he was
told.

“ah,” he responded,
“it’s as I have always
suspected: death
then
does have some
virtue.”

 Charles Bukowski
The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992)

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