Sunday, 8 July 2012

Day 17: Laughing Heart


No better poet than Charles Bukowski to tell it as it really is. 'Your life is your life. don't let it be clubbed into  dank submission.'

Charles Bukowski is a famous American poet, who garnered the nickname of Poet Laureate of the low-lifes for his gritty realist style poems and subject matter. His poetry showcases his honest straight-up manner and his irrepressible couldn't-give-a-damn attitude. Maybe that's why he's loved by so many. The equivalent in poet terms of a hell-raising rock star.

Here, in his famous poem 'The Laughing Heart', he shares some wise advice about acknowledging the potential of our lives.  Duly noted.

The Laughing Heart - 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 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.

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