Be Kind

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.

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (19)

No messing with this man.....
quite frank i guess as Bukowski is apt to be!
I am over 60 myself and as the population is aging I encounter more and more useless people who have wasted their lives and upon getting old someone seem to demand respect and I refuse to give it unless it is deserved
very true...it's like a hammer.....respect the aged they say...kindness is one thing.......admiration is another, Bukowski is the most unpretentious poet I've ever read.
Straight poem, it is like dart straight on target, Well written.
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