Notes From a Dirty Old Man

Once in a while you come across a true SOB without a speck of kindness, and heck he writes poetry. and he says, Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow did to you…. Posting three poems, read at leisure, get off the gutter.

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We are like roses that have never bothered to
bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if
the sun has become disgusted with waiting  – Finish, Bukowski

There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die. – The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors have taken over the Ship, Bukowski


we are always asked
to understand the other person’s
viewpoint
no matter how
out-dated
foolish or
obnoxious.


one is asked
to view
their total error
their life-waste
with
kindliness,
especially if they are
aged.
but age is the total of
our doing.
they have aged
badly
because they have
lived
out of focus,
they have refused to
see.

not their fault?

whose fault?
mine?

I am asked to hide
my viewpoint
from them
for fear of their
fear.

age is no crime

but the shame
of a deliberately
wasted
life

among so many
deliberately
wasted
lives
is.

Be Kind, Charles Bukowski

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To give life you must take life,
and as our grief falls flat and hollow
upon the billion-blooded sea
I pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
with white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow
did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be
young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
I hated you when it would have taken less courage
to love.

As The Sparrow, Charles Bukowski

2 Responses to Notes From a Dirty Old Man

  1. bombaydosti January 17, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    most people’s death is a sham.
    there is nothing left to die

    dark,heavy, soul

  2. anish January 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    wow! great poems bvn! thanks for sharing

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