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    Default Truth through poetry

    I rarely read poetry but I do like Bukowski. I never read a poem that spoke as much truth as the following. Post a few poems.

    It's evern better if you hear him read it:
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    The Genius Of The Crowd by Bukowski

    there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
    human being to supply any given army on any given day

    and the best at murder are those who preach against it
    and the best at hate are those who preach love
    and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

    those who preach god, need god
    those who preach peace do not have peace
    those who preach peace do not have love

    beware the preachers
    beware the knowers
    beware those who are always reading books
    beware those who either detest poverty
    or are proud of it
    beware those quick to praise
    for they need praise in return
    beware those who are quick to censor
    they are afraid of what they do not know
    beware those who seek constant crowds for
    they are nothing alone
    beware the average man the average woman
    beware their love, their love is average
    seeks average

    but there is genius in their hatred
    there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
    to kill anybody
    not wanting solitude
    not understanding solitude
    they will attempt to destroy anything
    that differs from their own
    not being able to create art
    they will not understand art
    they will consider their failure as creators
    only as a failure of the world
    not being able to love fully
    they will believe your love incomplete
    and then they will hate you
    and their hatred will be perfect

    like a shining diamond
    like a knife
    like a mountain
    like a tiger
    like hemlock

    their finest art
    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-genius-of-the-crowd/

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    its depressing and preachy,but it shows faults in human behavior very well.

    ITS EMO!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duje View Post
    its depressing and preachy,but it shows faults in human behavior very well.

    ITS EMO!!!!
    Lol@Emo.

    One critic has described Bukowski's fiction as a "detailed depiction of a certain taboo male fantasy: the uninhibited bachelor, slobby, anti-social, and utterly free", an image he tried to live up to with sometimes riotous public poetry readings and boorish party behaviour.[16]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski

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    No, I don't think it's depressing. I actually don't like it at all.
    It's not that I hate you, but let's say that if I had two bullets and Hitler was next to you, I would rather shoot you...twice

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    Here are a couple of my own, which I've posted on my FB page. I've recently discovered that expressing one's feelings through poetry can release a lot of angst.

    This one is dedicated to my father who passed away in 2006.

    Such great things once took for granted
    The father's love for son begat
    A simple man of great standing
    A God to me, with whom I sat

    A grain of sand, a speck of dust
    Is really what I am
    Compared to you, I sit aghast
    This once fine, proud gentleman

    How cruel it was that such a man
    Should pass without ado
    T'was you who had created us,
    Unscathed you brought us through.

    These steps I take are holy ground
    The land where you were born
    If I could be who you once were
    This world I would adorn

    Now I sit and reminisce
    Of times that still hold dear
    I know that I will never see
    This man again, or hear.



    And this one for my mother who died in 1999.

    Quietly

    Quietly, they welcomed you
    In a world full of fear
    How little you must have known
    How much you'd see and hear

    Quietly, you led your life
    A lady in the making
    With care of heart for troubled minds
    You set those souls an aching

    Quietly, you brought us here
    To a lifetime full of bliss
    You chose to hide your saddened side
    As nothing seemed amiss

    Quietly, you slipped away
    A warm summer breeze
    How wrong it was, the world still turned
    That brought us to our knees

    Quietly, we think of you
    A decade has more than passed
    People come and people go
    Our memories will always last

    Prw medd, Prw medd, prw'r gwariheg i dre',
    Prw milfach a malfach, pedair llualfach,
    Llualfach ac Aeli, pedair lafi,
    Lafi a chromwen, pedair nepwen,
    Nepwen drwynog, brech yn llyn a gwaun dodyn,
    Tair bryncethin, tair cyffredin,
    Tair caseg ddu, draw yn yr eithin;
    Dewch i gyd i lys y brenin.

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    "The sea-shell" by Osip Mandelshtam

    It may be, night, you do not need me;
    Out of the world's abyss,
    Like a shell without pearls,
    I am cast on your shores.

    Indifferent, you stir the waves
    And immitigably sing;
    But you shall love and cherish
    This equivocal, unnecessary shell.

    You shall lie down on the sand close by,
    Apparelled in your raiment,
    And bind to the shell
    The colossal bell of the billows.

    And our whispering spray shall fill,
    With wind and rain and mist,
    The walls of the brittle shell —

    A heart where nobody dwells...

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    Excerpt of a poem from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

    Our lives pass from us like the wind, and why
    Should wise men grieve to know that they must die?
    The Judas blossom fades, the lovely face
    Of light is dimmed, and darkness takes its place.
    The world is pleasure first, then grief, and then
    We leave this fleeting world of living men --
    Our beds are dust, for all eternity,
    Why should we plant the tree we'll never see?
    The starry heavens turn, and turn again,
    And all they bring mankind is blood and pain.
    The earth has seen so many men who wore
    Kings' robes and crowns, and will see many more:
    Vengeance has never been the royal way,
    And I shall not do evil, come what may.
    What are the crown and throne to me? Unarmed,
    I'll greet my brothers, whom I've never harmed,
    And tell them to forget their enmity.
    'Remember Jamshid,” I shall say, 'how he
    Was driven from this world he'd ruled, alone,
    Bereft of all his sovereignty and throne.
    My brothers, we'll endure this fate; we too
    Will taste the destiny that Jamshid knew.'
    I'll speak to them in kindness; this will be
    Better than angry words and enmity.
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