Thursday, April 26, 2007

happy place happenstance

After writing the 'Happy Place' post earlier today someone who hadn't read it showed me the following poem and it made me laugh. So true.

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
create."

no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
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
crippled
demented,
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.

Charles Bukowski

5 comments:

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

this is so so wonderful - i really must read more Bukowski - any suggestions?

mister tumnus said...

yes, read 'the crunch'. google it and it should be easy to find. dave dark put me onto it and i'm so glad he sis. it's a really wonderful piece. those are the only two poems i know by bukowski but i always intended to get the collection that 'the crunch' is from.

mister tumnus said...

'did', not 'sis'. must get sight tested soon...

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

you ain't alone with the sight thing - have you seen the you tube of bono and waits reading bukowski?

mister tumnus said...

no i haven't! thanks!