Monday, 3 October 2011

Roll the Dice by Charles Bukowski

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
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.

Charles Bukowski (Poems & Plays, 1997)
 
For some reason unknown to me now, I have only just discovered Charles Bukowski today. I have fallen in love. I now feel like the only thing for me to do is devour everything he ever put his pen to.

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