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The laughing heart.

Discussion in 'Community Off Topic' started by Elina, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Elina

    Elina Peer Supporter

    I just heard this poem by Charles Bukowski and it just made me feel so powerful, so I thought to share it.
    It is the first one in this video. The second one may take it to the extreme, perhaps not the most healthy advice, but still cool as a piece of art.



    The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
    your life is your life
    don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    be on the watch.
    there are ways out.
    there is light somewhere.
    it may not be much light but
    it beats the darkness.
    be on the watch.
    the gods will offer you chances.
    know them.
    take them.
    you can’t beat death but
    you can beat death in life, sometimes.
    and the more often you learn to do it,
    the more light there will be.
    your life is your life.
    know it while you have it.
    you are marvelous
    the gods wait to delight
    in you.
     
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  2. stradivarius

    stradivarius Peer Supporter

    Beautiful, thanks Elina.
     
  3. Andy B

    Andy B Beloved Grand Eagle

    your life is your life.

    We will all die faster than we can imagine --- even if I make it to 95. The quote above is important to remember!
     
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  4. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    I really love the second poem. I've emboldened the lines that made me smile with recognition, that gladden my heart, that remind me of who I am and why I live in the enduring ebb and flow of passion.

    (Nothing beats hearing the poet read the poem.)

    ****

    Roll the Dice

    if you’re going to try,
    go all the way.
    otherwise, don’t even start.

    if you’re going to try,
    go all the way.
    this could mean losing girlfriends,
    wives, relatives, jobs and
    maybe your mind.

    go all the way.
    it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
    it could mean freezing on a park bench.
    it could mean jail,
    it could mean derision,
    mockery,
    isolation.

    isolation is the gift,
    all the others are a test of your
    endurance, of
    how much you really want to
    do it.
    and you’ll do it
    despite rejection and the worst odds
    and it will be better than
    anything else
    you can imagine.

    if you’re going to try,
    go all the way.
    there is no other feeling like that.
    you will be alone with the gods
    and the nights will flame with
    fire.


    do it,
    Do it,
    DO it.
    DO IT.


    all the way
    all the way.


    you will ride life straight to
    perfect laughter,
    its the only good fight
    there is.
     
  5. mugwump

    mugwump New Member

    if you’re going to try,
    go all the way.
    otherwise, don’t even start.


    I like this part.
     

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