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Don’t Try

April 1, 2009

the great escape

listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a
no, I told him.
well, what happens is that now and then one crab
will climb up on top of the others
and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket,
then, just as he’s about to escape
another crab grabs him and pulls him back
really? I asked.
really, he said, and this job is just like that, none
of the others want anybody to get out of
here. that’s just the way it is
in the postal service!
I believe you, I said.

just then the supervisor walked up and said,
you fellows were talking.
there is no talking allowed on this

I had been there for eleven and one-half

I got up off my stool and climbed right up the
and then I reached up and pulled myself right
out of there.

it was so easy it was unbelievable.
but none of the others followed me.

and after that, whenever I had crab legs
I thought about that place.
I must have thought about that place
maybe 5 or 6 times

before I switched to lobster.

Charles Bukowski

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kari permalink
    April 1, 2009 3:31 pm

    I was promised free crab….

  2. David permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:06 pm

    That picture of crabs is stunning. Really. Top-notch.


  3. Barry permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:10 pm

    @ Kari – By whom? And why should I care?

    @ David – Thanks! I stole it from the internet myself!

  4. Jonah permalink
    April 2, 2009 7:44 pm

    i don’t see how you can blame the crab. he’s got those claws, and grabbing is pretty much the only thing the universe permits him. how can he pass up a chance to grab?

    it’s like the robot gangster Clamps in futurama, always wanting to clamp things on account of his clamps.

  5. Barry permalink
    April 3, 2009 2:33 pm

    Who blamed the crab? Certainly not Charles
    “Don’t Try”

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