Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

The Laughing Heart

Poem by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don't let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.


Comments about The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

  • Ronnie Childs (11/22/2019 6:13:00 PM)

    Who knew Bukowski could be so optimistic, so positive?(Report)Reply

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  • Juan Juan (4/26/2018 12:30:00 AM)

    I like the reading. It was touching(Report)Reply

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  • Pratik RajaniPratik Rajani (9/2/2017 11:28:00 AM)

    nice poem. my one of favourite poet....(Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi BanerjeeMadhabi Banerjee (10/31/2016 11:14:00 AM)

    nice poem. my one of favourite poet(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (8/10/2015 10:52:00 AM)

    Buk makes it clear in this one...LIVE!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, December 30, 2013