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Be Kind

Rating: 3.4
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.
COMMENTS
Amazing poetic expression.
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Dr Antony Theodore 30 October 2020
they have aged badly because they have lived out of focus, they have refused to see. yes many refuse to see the truth. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 24 September 2020
one is asked to view their total error their life-waste with kindliness, a fine thinking. tony
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Smoky Hoss 25 December 2019
I wonder if Bukowski felt that writing this poem, amongst so many others, was a crime or a waste...
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David 27 August 2019
OH SHl..... This man ruthlessly lit garbage moral customs on fire 50 years ago in the name of truth and withdrawal. It’s not beautiful like a flower, it’s beautiful like cold justice.
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Mahtab Bangalee 21 March 2019
excellent poetic expression- age is no crime but the shame of a deliberately wasted life....//
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Britte Ninad 10 August 2018
so interesting poem and asking- not their fault? whose fault? mine? .............
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Lily Ives 04 July 2018
10 out of 10. Straight on target and raw. Although I do believe you can still exercise compassion, but you don't need to understand them to be able to cultivate it.
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Kiran Pillai 30 May 2018
Age..... I get a little bit of it. Age gracefully or you yourself may fall out of grace. Beautiful
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Mizzy ........ 10 September 2016
No messing with this man.....
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