wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
Vulnerability is a universal and constant characteristic of mankind and thus one of the deepest rooted emotions in all of us. Suppressing such a basic human emotion is unnatural but serves as a defense mechanism for many people, including Bukowski who suffered from abuse as a child
To show his vulnerability to the world would mean admitting defeat and acknowledging the effect his father had on him, something he never quite came to terms with.
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