September 11, 2011

"The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski

A friend of mine shared this youtube video on google reader: it's a short animation accompanying Tom Waits reading this awesome poem by Charles Bukowski.

"The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski (poem found here)

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.


I really like this, especially the last three lines. Such a nice mantra to remember when times are tough.

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