Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Laughing Heart"

Now that I think about it, I suppose I do have a favorite poem. The words are very lyrical and blend together so eloquently. My favorite part is the last line that seems to represent a role reversal and the glorification of the human being. It is odd to surmise religious figures elevating mortals -dare I say- above themselves, but in this moment I am reminded of inspiration and the potential power of mankind.

"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's 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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