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.


Charles Bukowski
dispossessed dispossessed
51-55, F
2 Responses Aug 20, 2014

"Especially the aged"; "For fear of their fear"

Wow, there is so much truth in this. The only people I hesitate openly disagreeing with too much are my grandparents/my grandparents' friends ("respect the elderly"/"the elderly are more wise") - for the very reasons Bukowski outlined. And I have always vowed, no matter my age, that my mind will stay open and I will change accordingly. This poem exacts my beliefs.

I read his book post office , loved it

He lived a life where he had no choice but to tell the truth and I feel some common feeling with that

Nothing better in life but to tell the truth , that way you don't build a web of lies