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

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Unbelievably bad. A child of eight could do better. All that is famous is not neccessarily quality. We must never be afraid to be critical, or we will never learn,
Spring the king. Let us welcome spring. I like this poem. I invite you to read my poems and comment.
Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: ..fields breathe sweet. Is that an example of personification or not? ? Please help. Would like to hear from you.
Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: fields breathe sweet - is that an example of personification or not? ?
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