The Damnation of Recognition

the damnation of recognition:
this is where even
genius sometimes
fails
and talent always
whores out;

oh, boys, be careful:
it was not easy
getting there.
and there’s no getting back;
remember what you’ve
carved in cold places,
and know
that the gods were good,
and that it is not
the living crowd
of now
that decides anything:
themselves,
or least of all,
you.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1962
Source
Original manuscript
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