Be Drunk

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You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it--it's the
only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks
your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually
drunk.
But on what?Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be
drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of
a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again,
drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave,
the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything
that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is
singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and
wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you:"It is time to be
drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be
continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish."
COMMENTS
Rodrigo Segovia 17 February 2021
I agree wholeheartedly with these sentients right now. Baudelaire was on point.
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Richard Antwi 26 June 2020
You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it- it's the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk. Charles, I do agree with you but does that horrible feeling go away after feeling sober? Well done for making your mind.
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Damion 25 March 2019
Absolutely love this.
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Intoxication by any means is delivered by this poem.
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Floyd 18 March 2018
It seems - from this poem and others - that life is an overwhelming foe.
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Damion Hamilton 04 March 2018
Wow. powerful about being in love with Life. Be drunk. Love it.
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Shareq Rahman 04 December 2016
Being drunk on wine or virtue can be a problem. Virtue here means spiritualism or religion. When a person is drunk in religion he/she tends to do some preaching to people around. Spiritual people don't like freedom of thought.
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Ron D Heaven 08 October 2018
Baudelaire is certainly not talking about religion when he says virtue. He is speaking of heroism, of love, peace and other virtues. He is praising those who devote their lives to serving others. Self sacrifice, or giving it all for love is incredibly intoxicating.
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Emoka Thruth 26 May 2015
This was the motivation i needed thank you.
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Oh yes I agree Being drunk does not only mean about wine or liquor Yes be drunk with love or poetry or passion or happiness I am glad I saw this poem today Thank you
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Samuel Steven 18 May 2015
This poem has an indepth meaning: : nice one
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