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Charles Bukowski - I Met A Genius

I met a genius on the train
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train 
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
and said,
it's not pretty.

it was the first time I'd 

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Poet: Charles Bukowski
Poem: I Met A Genius
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2012

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 31st, 2011 at 1:42 AM.
Slightly Different

I think, in slight extension to the analysis by D. Deubelbeiss, that Bukowski is pointing to the amount of knowledge and expectation that we inherit from social contexts.
To a point, the speaker of the poem is being almost ironic. The child says the ocean isnt pretty and because he never thought of it that way, he instantly agrees. He still isnt forming his own opinion.
We need to form our own opinions about everything as human beings. Questioning all of our pre-loaded social knowledge and expectation is an important part of our lives and understanding.

Chris from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 23rd, 2005 at 6:32 AM.

Genius, pure genius....sparce and economical, to the point without saying " look at me"....like the poem itself, pure genius.

Meaning, all poet is of truth and to be as truth we must be as children again......we live in a fog, do we really have the courage to rebuild and be ourselves, to start anew and go unto new shores like Christopher Columbuses? Can we be the genius , the geniuses of forgetting? Can we all say to ourselves one day awakening and born anew, "I never knew that"?


D. Deubelbeiss from Canada

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