Roll the Dice. The Wisdom of Buke

I know it’s pretty cliche to dig Bukowski. But….dude’s tits. Say what you want, but Buke lived life by his own rules, his own code. And it’s a code I totally respect. I once rented a place on Decatur for a weekend and just drank, wrote, and people watched. One of the best weekends of my life. Here I present my favorite poem by Buke, and a the code to witch I try to adhere to.

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.if you’re going to try, go all the
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,
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
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

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
stay up.

4 Comments on “Roll the Dice. The Wisdom of Buke”

  1. Rojo says:

    I wasn’t aware it was cliche to dig Bukowski. I read as much as I could find of his when I was younger, I found a site with some of his manuscripts back in ’10. You might enjoy:

  2. Susan Walsh says:

    That’s a great poem, a masculine poem. Perfect laughter – there is nothing better.

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