Friendly advice to a lot of young men

Go to Tibet
Ride a camel.
Read the bible.
Dye your shoes blue.
Grow a beard.
Cir­cle the world in a paper canoe.
Sub­scribe to The Sat­ur­day Evening Post.
Chew on the left side of your mouth only.
Marry a woman with one leg and shave with a straight razor. And carve your name in her arm.

Brush your teeth with gaso­line.
Sleep all day and climb trees at night.
Be a monk and drink buck­shot and beer.
Hold your head under water and play the vio­lin.
Do a belly dance before pink can­dles. Kill your dog.
Run for mayor.
Live in a bar­rel.
Break your head with a hatch­et.
Plant tulips in the rain.

But don’t write poet­ry.


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