Friday, March 19, 2010

The Genius of the Crowd

Felt like reading some Charles Bukowski this morning at work and came across this gem. I love this dirty old man. RIP.

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


Anonymous said...

I love it! I'm a huge Bukowski fan! :D

Wingspan said...

God Bless Sri Bukowski

Amber said...

Nothing like a little Bucky in the morning to get your dander up. :)

food snob....and poet fan! Rock on.

EtsyFoodSnob said...

Lol thanks everyone!

I've been feeling more snarky than usual today and I attribute it entirely to him :D

holly e. said...

aw i love bukowski!
this is one of my favorites -



Anonymous said...

What the heck are you doing?? This is your mother speaking!

EtsyFoodSnob said...

Lol - momma you so crazy.

I can't believe my poor, DOWNHILL parents have to read my blog just to keep up with me since we NEVER talk anymore and live SO FAR away....

Nice try at a guilt trip with that text Sat night!