“The Laughing Heart” 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.
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
A dear reader and friend shared this profound poem with me recently. I recommend you listen via the video clip as you read.
How has the brand new year treated you thus far? For me, it has not been without its challenges, which I won’t go into here because in the grand scheme of life, these challenges are but a hiccup. An annoying, expensive, and potentially dangerous hiccup, but nothing else. (Thank you to my angels.)
As Bukowski says, “your life is your life.” It is what it is. Don’t let the bad take you down because there is good, too. This is the only life we know for sure that we have, and we cannot let it get away from us. If we do, we will miss out on something beautiful. For everyone, there will be opportunities, there will be setbacks, there will be failures. Tread carefully. Pay attention to the chances you’ve been given, and take them. Never doubt your own potential.
This poem advises us on how to lead a life that is bathed in light rather than darkness. The lesson is basic, yet one that many of us need to be reminded of on a regular basis: Believe in yourself, know that you are here for a reason, and that reason is divine in nature.