Fuck Dale Carnegie


Masticate carefully, taste closely.

L.A. overgrown blimps –
bestiality looks good on you.
Listening to all walks of life –
story after story,
like torture porn
dancing with Kristen Stewart.

By nature
I’m curious & observant.
Instincts itches my balls
idiosyncrasies dull.

L.A. stuck ups
walking the red carpet,
questions darting
the star pedestal show.
Hours pain by,
truth be told –
hearing you mannequins sickens me.
How to win assholes & Influence Onion rings,
Carnegie once flirted.

L.A. courtesy
you don’t have it.
Considerate of others –
ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, & ME…
Here’s a thought Kanye
mirror sex with yourself.

Fuck you! Fuck you! Carnegie.

Oh! How vanity pleasures me, me, me, me & me.



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84 thoughts on “Fuck Dale Carnegie

  1. I love this! A bold, impassioned outcry against superficiality and putting up fronts. Your choice of setting is also quite fitting. As much as I love this city, it can be quite abrasive and in-your-face at times, though that’s mostly due to the people. I remember you sharing your hatred of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” once in conversation, so when I saw that reference, it made me smile. Your work is incredible, man. It always opens up a forum for interesting discussion. 🙂

    1. Excellent observation.

      I know we’re not alone on this feeling or topic.
      The need to get this off my chest is a relief.
      I’m curious if I we’re to read this poem at an open mic,
      wondering if anyone would even understand it,
      Or, not bother caring to listen with their own ears.
      I’ll read it and see if I get a rise out of truth in people. 🙂

      1. Oh, please do read it! I’d be very curious to know the response and reaction to it. Whether you rile people up or get them talking, you’ll at least set out to achieve what you accomplished. The best poetry is the kind that opens up a forum or discourse. You’re a master of words and thought-provoking verse. 🙂

      2. Charlie,
        I’m surprised that there isn’t a line of people ready to crack
        your nut for using the “F” word.
        May be people in general have forgotten that the “F” word once
        had something to do with sex.
        Christians seem to frown on the use of the “F” word.
        The word itself is attractive but the definition is rather violent.
        Rape with the possibility of pregnancy or a STD.
        I am equally surprised that you feel so negative
        towards Dale Carnegie.
        He often used his anger at people and things as a source of strength.
        May be you are using that very same formula.
        If you want to get upset at a real rat bastard—-pick on Robert Frost.

        1. Why thank you Micheal.

          Don’t worry…next time I’ll write about Robert Frost.
          He needs to be put on check. hahahaha!!!!
          It’s rare for me to use the “F” word but I needed to get my message across.

          Glad you enjoyed this poem my friend. 🙂

      3. I have been to a few open mics, but I have not performed any poetry. I don’t think people would understand your poem. They would understand that you were angry, and assume some anti-Trump perspective, but that is all. Maybe that is all there is in this poem. In that case, they would understand all there is to understand.

        I would not read this at an open mic because I don’t think it would appeal to a large enough group of people for me to risk my reputation on it. Even those who enjoy your anger at the open mic may turn on you later remembering what you said.

    1. I guess I’m not alone on this topic.

      Thank you Marissa. I thought I’d be the only one that thought about this and the anger I feel towards L.A. people. I know not all of them are like that. But most of the time they are.

    1. Thank you Kindra.

      This poem was my disappointment I have towards millennials
      and their unnoticeable egoistic tendencies.
      They love talking about themselves and their trivial bullshit on life.
      Frankly, I’m fed up and bored of L.A. people. Their boring as hell.
      I know not everyone is like that but that’s how I feel about L.A. people.
      I’ve lived here my whole life and its become to predictable with people here.

      One day, I shall move out.

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂
        I’ve never been to L.A. but I know a few who have lived there for brief periods, and their opinions are much the same as yours.

                1. Bahahahahahaha! George Carlin is classic. Hilarious. But more than that–intelligent as fuck. Thanks for the link. It greatly pleased me. 🙂

    1. Thank you.

      I don’t ever recommend you living in L.A.
      You can visit and observe everything…but heads up –
      the people here are full of themselves. I would know because I’ve lived here my whole life and I have to deal with people’s nonsense.

    1. I only stop by dVerse when its an open link night. It’s been awhile
      but I’m back!

      Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed this poem.
      I love and hate L.A. I know people here too well.
      There too predictable and boring as well. Some people not all.

      I’m doing okay now…I’m always going to miss my grandpa. It’s hard but I try and sometimes I cry.

  2. I don’t know L.A., never been there, know nobody who has, and never will go. But I do know that there is superficiality everywhere, in the tiniest pimple on the backside of nowhere. Don’t think you have the monopoly 🙂

    1. I know Hollywood isn’t alone with its superficiality. It’s disgusting to me how people are the way they are in this area of mine. I don’t bother at all with people and I don’t want to waste my time with their views on things. Again people here in my area are too predictable.

      1. That shows my ignorance—are Hollywood and L.A. the same thing? Certainly the glitz and the glitter must be wearisome for anyone with more than two brain cells, but there you go—some people only get on with stupidity.

        1. Yes, Hollywood and L.A. are the same.

          You make excellent points.

          We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. ~ Stephen Hawking

  3. Ha! You are hilarious: “bestiality looks good on you”

    I love this: “like torture porn
    dancing with Kristen Stewart”

    “questions darting
    the star pedestal show”

  4. I miss you too, young radical discontented poet–THE POET WHO ATE/HATES LA. I lived there for a decade when I was an actor; never dug the place–been back home in WA state for 30 years now; home for bush Vets, liberals, tree huggers, poets & rabble rousers. You fucking make me smile. You’re the kid in the popularity contest who isn’t trying very hard to win.

    1. Thank you Glenn.

      Hope someday, I get to leave L.A. and venture off into another world of my better taste. I assume in other outside countries or states, people are much nicer, neutral, artistic, and very intelligent. Someday, I’ll get out of here and enjoy a more happier place. 🙂

  5. I’ve only ever been to the States once and that was to New York, so I don’t know L.A.,but I used to be in the film industry many years ago and attended the Cannes Film Festival, so I suppose I got a taste of what you describe in the poem. I’m sick of the Me! Me! Me! world and avoid it like the plague. Luckily, I live in the back of beyond!

  6. Yes yes yes to all of this. The bit about Kanye is perfect. His sense of self importance is overbearing and yet somehow that’s what everyone loves about him!! So frustrating! I hope our society grows out of this idolization of trivial BS soon.

    1. I agree 100%.

      I’m tired of Kanye, the celebrity talk, & the hipster scene wannabe me. me, & me, crap. It’s over-barring and boring in my opinion.

      I have a love and & hate about L.A. I tell people from other states or countries.
      If you’re going to come and visit, cool, get the experience and explore.
      However, I wouldn’t recommend people living here, because I know L.A. too well. There’s good and bad within people…but sometimes its too much and too scary.

  7. By all means, express yourself and let us all vent with you ! 😉 I wish however you could mix with some of the millennials I know here in Washington State. Unlike L. A., the atmosphere here is much more fluid and agreeable. Kids are smart, imaginative, innovative. They work hard, study all night long, marry later. But they have grown up too fast due to Hollywood images….I’ve been among them and don’t envy them their futures in a world such as we will be leaving them. Exceptions galore, yes, but they, too, have their moments of anger. It’s a different world…one in which we need to listen more. I hear what you are saying about the hypocrisy.

    1. Thank you Kathy.

      The poem itself does reflect on the millennials as well.
      Hollywood does have an influence on people’s attitude and behavior towards others. Changing the minds perception, image wise, and so forth.
      People aren’t original anymore. Some people are themselves and original on their own…but the ladder sinks everyone into becoming the idol.

  8. I have visited LA last year and the crowd was so intimating ~ I think the “me, me,me” mentality is everywhere specailly among the young entitled selfish people ~ Hope you are well Charlie ~ Have a good weekend ~

  9. You’ hit many a nerve with this poem!
    There are some things I like about LA, the city where you are all washed up if you haven’t made it by 18 years of age. Let’s see…. ah the weather is perfect as I walk along Sunset B, being stared at disdainfully by the beautiful, because I’m over 35 and walking. Who ages? Who walks?
    OH, I know something else I like about LA! You live there, Charlie! xo

    1. There’s good and bad about L.A.

      I’ve lived here all my life…and from personal observation. I have a love and hate for L.A. and its people.
      Yes, the city is wonderful, the weather is perfect. But its the majority of people in L.A. that make it feel uncomfortable and they think their better than everyone else.

      I’ve lived in L.A. all my life…I know this city too well. People here bore me…some of them. Most of the people the scene here in L.A. is too predictable and no mystery at all.

      I’m glad I’m not like the people here in L.A.

        1. 🙂 Thank you Resa. 🙂

          I had to write this poem and express my distaste about L.A. my hometown. I know if I’d read this at an open mic…I’ll get hated for it. It’s up in the air if I’m going to read it or not. 🙂

  10. Hey there Charlie ‘1. First thanks for reading my stuff so generously on the blog “Ageless Poetry – too lonely to make sense”. You have been so disciplined in your reading and I want to thank you earnestly for being one of those people who keep it rewarding, this blogging thing! I myself have been detained for a while and lacking time to read what I like. Sorry! Forgive? On this one, reminds me a little of Vampyre Weekend and “Who gives a fuck about an Oxford Comma” Why? I don’t know but it’s said now so there. You have become far more um conventional since I last read you – what gives? The apocalyptic punk stuff was fantastic! Still, I best tread carefully upon a reader’s angels so I’ll leave you with a wish of blessings and good will. B.

    1. Thank you Marylin.

      Glad you enjoyed this…It’s the way I feel about L.A. It’s truth and I’ve lived here all my life…I know L.A. too well. Sometimes the heart needs to let out those feeling about how one is feeling at that moment.

      It’s nice of you to stop by and follow.

      I’m glad I followed your page as well.
      Your blog is interesting…lots of healthy ingredients. Looking forward to reading more…

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