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November 06, 2008


This is one of my favorite poems and it doesn't seem like Bukowski to me. Thanks.

I agree - Bukowski usually isn't this hopeful. A lovely poem.

One of my favorite poems. Very provocative and inspiring.

Love this poem, but you've got one of the lines wrong (every site I look at does, though). I have the original printing of this. The line "there is a light somewhere," should be "there is light somewhere."

I have a friend who’s really good in writing a poem, too. She writes inspiring poem just like you and I admire you both.

Good poem. However, I would have cut the last three lines, making it a perfect poem.

Life is LIFE

Said like a true alcoholic; I know, I am.

Light means hope, then we need to do meaningful things in our life, before death coming.

Always has a way of making the misery escapable as long as the mind and heart are set on the horizon of a fading light.

I cant find this poem on

Is this really Bukowski?

When I first heard this recited, I thought it was one of the lectures by Joseph Campbell, whom I love. Was surprised it was Bukowski. The last three lines are absolutely the best. Without them, the poem would be just good. With them, it’s great! Here’s to the Old Gods!❤️

The numb nut who said he would have cut the last 3 lines therefore making it a perfect poem... Well yes indeed I suppose it would be. You know the perfect poem. Poetry that is...Perfect. 99.9 percent of all poetry is written by people trying to write the perfect poem. And guess what? Most of them succeed at writing poetry, perfectly. And that's why hardly anyone will ever read it. Except maybe there mother , themselves and the person there sleeping with. Thank God for Bukowski. He wasn't aiming at perfection but as he said" getting down the word the line." Poetry books are sadly full of the perfect poem and or poems. That's why you can line your bird cage with most of it's pages.

Perhaps the most powerful words I've ever heard. Coming from Charles Bukowski, maybe the biggest nihilist to ever live. I am still in awe of its beauty.


alchoholism is "dank"

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