I didn't go any-
where, I put in a lot of bathroom time and talked to
him and gently touched him

from Charles Bukowski – The History of One Tough Motherfucker on Rap Genius

Meaning

Bukowski felt a deep connection to this cat due to what he percieved as similar circumstances to his own. He had also felt abandoned by many of his caretakers including his parents and more recently, the women that often cheated on and left him.

This phrase also shows a fleeting glimpse of the compassion Buk had. Something which is hidden from a good amount of his poetry and novels.

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