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As The Sparrow

To give life you must take life,
And as our grief falls flat and hollow
Upon the billion-blooded sea
I pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
With white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
Lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow
Did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be
Young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
I hated you when it would have taken less courage
To love.

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Poem As The Sparrow - Charles Bukowski