Bukowski poem, ‘The Laughing Heart’

Easy to be flippant and overly optimistic as a reaction against pragmatism. Easy to find myriad people advising you to ‘pull yourself together’ and get on with it. Easy to trudge on day to day kicking against the pricks. Easy to reach, after a long (or short) life, the point where you have more shadows than fresh sunlight every morning, and at the dying of the light. Nothing is easy.


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 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.