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Be Drunk

Rating: 3.4

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 OF THE POEM
Ms Acras 11 August 2009

everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking That is me drunk on passion. To be so moved by a dead man is nearly necrophilia.

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gone gone 12 November 2006

so true......beautifully put, , , , ,

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John S 16 May 2013

Be drunk on wine, poetry, or virtue as you wish (or in today's modern age: be drunk on movies, video games, e-books etc.) 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. How true. Escape your worries of death, money, old age, disease, the monotony of work, and be intoxicated by that which puts passion in your life.

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Kim Barney 18 May 2015

Horrible advice. There is no need to escape reality by being drunk all the time. Life is beautiful. Learn to appreciate the beauties of this life. If you must be drunk on something, let it be poetry for sure!

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Cunningham Mbati 18 May 2015

always be drunk on something...awesome piece and very true.

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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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