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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
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Thadious Worthington 02 December 2013

This is the judgmental nonsense that I have heard from alcoholics. They are all fearful of being judged but never pass up a chance to do the judging themselves. Who is anyone to determine that you lived out of focus or are foolish. Yuck.

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Rebecca Lytle 01 May 2014

Thadious Worthington: You have lived your life out of focus and are foolish. You are also yucky. Please go away and take your teeny-bopper like angst with you, you are neither amusing nor thought-provoking. In fact, I am sure that reading your comment has actually sucked some of the thoughts out of my brain. Thank God they weren't very good ones.

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like flying 24 October 2009

everything he writes is just so simply true.

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Entity3sf Sam 26 May 2007

No one 'Deliberately' wastes their lives. Bukowski was a miserable sob and a half-ass writer. To the person claiming him to be the best of the late 20th century - you need to get to the library more often.

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Richard Wlodarski 20 June 2017

He was a very complex individual. Not exactly a miserable sob. And most definitely, much much more than just a half-ass writer. I think if you study him a little more, you'll get a fresher perspective.

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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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