Roll the Dice- Charles Bukowski

Roll the Dice
if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
otherwise, don’t even start.
if you’re going to try,
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,
it could mean derision,
mockery, isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your endurance,
of how much you really want to do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else you can imagine.
if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like that.
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 life straight
to perfect laughter,
it’s the only good fight there is.
©Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog From Hell

6 thoughts on “Roll the Dice- Charles Bukowski

      1. You can read it here…

        Air and Light and Time and Space
        -you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
        something has always been in the way
        but now
        I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
        place, a large studio, you should see the space and
        the light.
        for the first time in my life I’m going to have
        a place and the time to
        no baby, if you’re going to create
        you’re going to create whether you work
        16 hours a day in a coal mine
        you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
        while you’re on welfare,
        you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown away,
        you’re going to create blind
        you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
        back while
        the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
        flood and fire.
        baby, air and light and time and space
        have nothing to do with it
        and don’t create anything
        except maybe a longer life to find
        new excuses for.


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