THE MIND

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.

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.



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