putrefaction

of late
I’ve had this thought
that this country
has gone backwards
4 or 5 decades
and that all the
social advancement
the good feeling of
person toward
person
has been washed
away
and replaced by the same
old
bigotries.
 
 
we have
more than ever
the selfish wants of power
the disregard for the
weak
the old
the impoverished
the
helpless.

 

we are replacing want with
war
salvation with
slavery.
 
 
we have wasted the
gains
 
 
we have become
rapidly
less.
 
 
we have our Bomb
it is our fear
our damnation
and our
shame.
 
 
now
something so sad
has hold of us
that
the breath
leaves
and we can’t even
cry.

 

–charles bukowski

from the collection “the pleasures of the damned”

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2 responses to “putrefaction

  1. This is so true, but I hope that it’s not all bad. I do think we’re at a strange place in our history, but I do feel hope when I see people making small changes for the better in their lives, trying to do right by other people and by the earth. Let’s keep doing good… others may follow our example! :)

    • the only thing that can change us is …Reality. She speaks to us clearly about our responsibility to one another . The language Reality uses can be harsh, painful and is delivered without warning . If ya know how to love your neighbors and friends , show us by your example .

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