Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Laughing Heart (Charles Bukowski)



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your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a 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.

@Charles Bukowski

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Vania Vargas said...

A great poem. A beauty as Tom Waits would say.

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an arrow to the core...

Steve said...

Beautiful - especially as read by Tom Waits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va1t6a0zCkQ.

Doug Hart said...

Wow, he was truly one of a kind. I never heard this one before, I must buy more of his work. Thanks!

RICHER said...

Nice one ,great perspective

Vijay said...

This is just so right for our times... And has been used by Levis in their latest global advertising campaign.

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cracker said...

Much much less a poem.....than a message. Memorize it, so you can repeat the message allowed or quietly, in the brightness as well as the darkness.

If you memorize it, it can never be lost, it will live in your soul, the message can be passed on, even if they burn every book on the planet.

Drink up. there is work to be done.

The Muzician said...

Makes me wonder if my life is what the words expressed

Doug Hart said...

The more I read this poem, the more I see what a tortured soul Bukowski was. It's a shame that so much of his work went unpublished, it seems like he would have been more successful if he would have been published sooner.

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Chad Lane said...

The fact that this was co-opted by Levis grates on me... I doubt Mr. Bukowski was referring to apparel here. but it is incredible all the same.

Stepa said...

if somebody knows, in what book can I find this one! besides, please advice me some books of poetry by Bukowski (except Mockingbird wish me luck).

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tony said...

Love this poem, but there's a typo in this posting of it (I have the original Black Sparrow holiday card). There should not be "a" before "light somewhere." Thanks for posting!

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Brad Mills said...

@Chad Lane.. Bukowski would kick you straight in the nuts if he were alive.

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Hey i liked the poetry a lot... Hatts off and think for some book publishing options now.

Urška said...

this poem is beautiful...it strikes to the heart...when heard by Tom waits voice is even better!

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The laughing heart is what we all need and to role the dice.

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