Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
June 30th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 293,174 comments.
Charles Bukowski - The Genius Of The Crowd

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

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 3802 times | Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski Comments (344)

The Genius Of The Crowd - Comments and Information

Poet: Charles Bukowski
Poem: The Genius Of The Crowd

Comment 344 of 344, added on June 11th, 2015 at 4:25 AM.
KJLFOonXdef

aWEFfd Fantastic article post.Thanks Again. Will read on...

crorkzz catz from Martinique
Comment 343 of 344, added on May 5th, 2015 at 8:27 AM.
WDHvKMcnQz

FqsYbd You made some good points there. I did a search on the issue and found most individuals will approve with your website.

fiverr crork from France
Comment 342 of 344, added on April 7th, 2015 at 5:02 AM.
iEjkwJPtPKoxYXs

KWfsSb Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, as well as the content!

mattew crorkz from Micronesia

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, The Genius Of The Crowd, has received 344 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Bukowski Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links