Go to Tibet.
Ride a camel.
Read the Bible.
Dye your shoes blue.
Grow a Beard.
Circle the world in a paper canoe.
Subscribe to “The Saturday Evening Post.”
Chew on the left side of your mouth only.
Marry a woman with one leg and shave with a straight razor.
And carve your name in her arm.
 
Brush your teeth with gasoline.
Sleep all day and climb trees at night.
Be a monk and drink buckshot and beer.
Hold your head under water and play the violin.
Do a belly dance before pink candles.
Kill your dog.
Run for Mayor.
Live in a barrel.
Break your head with a hatchet.
Plant tulips in the rain.
 
But don’t write poetry.

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faisal khattak
20 days

its very mind boggling poem. i think the poet has mentioned mostly those aspects which are almost impossible to do or barely most people do. but still cant get why is he trying to restrain us from writing poetry. may be in my opinion he is trying to present the societies distasteful view about writing or reading poetry.

Jacob Bocaj
6 months

I think the poet is reiterating something that is told to young people quite often.
"There are an infinite number of ways to be successful and happy, and just because you or even everybody can't see them doesn't mean that they aren't out there, and instead of sitting down to try and write poetry, or head an insurance firm, you should make known your thoughts in any way you chose and rule the entire world."

Warren Stribling
6 months

Beyond the constructs of many of our species, the right and wrong, the morals and ethics...

There is life.
Action and consequence.
The purpose of life...
Is to live.
It's as simple and complicated as that.

Here's a poem for a few young men.

I've done half. ;) Hahaha

Mercedes Dembo
over 2 years

I like what you wrote: I like to think that every poet is capable of going AROUND THE WORLD IN A PAPER BOAT AND BE WILLING TO TELL ..
no matter how distasteful poetry is we me go

Un simple Poeta
over 2 years

What?
I never will kill me dog, I don`t like that part.

Lina Marie Rojas
over 2 years

I would like to do some things that u wrote.❤

Duce
over 2 years

Hmm

-Duce

Robert L. Martin
over 2 years

It seems that that particuliar life would be the makings of a fine poet.

Karla Hart
over 2 years

Yeah buddy!

Thomas Milianes
almost 3 years

The ending though haha

Parker Jennings
about 3 years

As are most of Bukowski's poems

anamasonzu8
over 4 years

Very unusual

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