Treasure Island

Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Oh Yes


there are worse things than
being alone
but it often takes decades
to realize this
and most often
when you do
it's too late
and there's nothing worse
than
too late.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Lazhar ichir (12/4/2012 6:17:00 PM)

    the most powerful lines I have had to read, it help you to overcome any problem you will face. (Report) Reply

  • Assorted Thoughts (12/3/2011 10:12:00 PM)

    Amid the clouded, alcoholic meanderings of a misguided, overbearing self grandiose mindset and a vain attempt to gather credibility through hedonistic themes… Umm
    It appears Charles did have a few moments of supreme clarity.
    Well Done, sir (Report) Reply

  • Danielle Luckett (11/3/2007 5:54:00 AM)

    Two truths in one poem...'there are worse things than being alone' and 'nothing worse than too late'

    So, too late is worse than being alone...almost contradictory. But, not if it expresses what I WISH for it to convey...there are worse things than being with the wrong person...but nothing...nothing compares to having missed out on the right one. (Report) Reply

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