alone with the gods

Roll the Dice

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.

– Charles Bukowski

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10 responses to “alone with the gods

  1. He so went all the way, and then some. Love his poetry! Thanks for sharing as always

    On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM, so very very

  2. Charles Bukowski is the man!

  3. I actually wrote a short free verse to this . . .

    To that LA Flâneur with a Pen.

    In some things I’ve gone all the way.
    In some things I won’t.
    In the rest, I live right on the edge.

  4. Good message in that poem: go all the way.

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