Help me find "the truth"

#1
Hey guys, I once read this great poem by Bukowski that I can't seem to find now, would love your help. I remember it goes something like -

"The truth

My girlfriend used to say that I was funny, when I wasn't trying to be funny. When I did try to be funny, she said "Bukowski you're not funny" Then I realized - the truth is so rare that when people hear it, they are surprised and they laugh."
 

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#2
It's called "Funny." This is the part you're remembering:


I once lived with a woman who
said that I was the funniest man
she had ever met
and she often laughed
when I said something serious.
"oh," she'd laugh, "you ought to be
in the entertainment
business!"
but when I tried to be funny
she'd say,
"what the hell do you mean by
that? you're not
funny."

I finally figured it out:
the truth is the funniest thing
around
because you seldom ever hear
it
and when you do
it astonishes you into
laughter.
and when you try to be funny
you often exaggerate the truth
and that's not funny
at all...


Here's another one called "Funny?"