« Roll The Dice » by Charles Bukowski from The Computer Printout Poem by Oilibheir Álain Christie

« Roll The Dice » by Charles Bukowski from The Computer Printout



if you're going to try it, go all the

way.

otherwise, don't get into it.

if you're going to try it, 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, alcoholism.

it could mean derision, 

mockery, 

isolation.

the isolation is the gift, 

all the other is a test of your

guts,

how much you really want to

do it.

and you'll do it

against total rejection and the
highest of odds

but it will be better than doing

anything else

you can think of.

if you're going to try it,

go all the way.

there is no other feeling like

it.

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 death straight to
hell, 

your perfect laughter, 

the only good fight

now.

« Roll The Dice » by Charles Bukowski from The Computer Printout
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: advice,future
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
This is the Urtext of the poem, recently retrieved from the author's personal computer. Written in 1991, three years before Bukowski's death, this poem was published posthumously in an altered (bowdlerized)  version in the collection " What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire" (1999) , five years after the poet's death.A third version was included in " Essential Bukowski: Poetry" (2016)  edited by Abel Debritto. This third version appears with very minor alterations from the original MS, much more faithful to the original than the one included in " What Matters Most…" This computer printout appears both at bukowski.net & bukowskiforum.com; twenty-eight years after its composition, this poem has not yet been published in book form in its original draft.This entry is not to remain under my name. I ask the moderators of PoemHunter.com to move it to Bukowski's works, with my thanks in advance.
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