Friday, September 17, 2010

Be Drunk

Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

You have to be always drunk.
That's all there is to it
it's the only way.
So as not to feel the horrible burden of time
that breaks your back
and bends you to the earth,
you have to be continually drunk.
But on what?
Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish.
But be drunk.
And if sometimes,
on the steps of a palace
or the green grass of a ditch,
in the mournful solitude of your room,
you wake again,
drunkenness already diminishing or gone,
ask the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock,
everything that is flying,
everything that is groaning,
everything that is rolling,
everything that is singing,
everything that is speaking. . .
ask what time it is
and wind,
will answer you:
"It is time to be drunk!
So as not to be the martyred slaves of time,
be drunk,
be continually drunk!
On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish."



Cinner said...

Shell, this is very very good, I hope you have a fabulous weekend. take care.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is most wonderful!!!! I am jumping for joy right now over you!! I hope that I will get you meet you this coming Wednesday evening. That would make my day!!
HUGS to you my sisterfriend.

Sarah said...

What a great poem-thanks for sharing it Shell. I am about to get drunk on fresh air as I do more digging in the garden! Have a lovely weekend!

Caroline said...

Oh gosh...I think I may be getting drunk tonight :) Wonderful poem. xoxo

Genie Sea said...

Love this! I'm drunk on your words! :)

Tracy said...

Drunk on life, in love with life... that's my philosophy! ;o) GREAT post, Shell! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Vickie said...

I'm drunk on just knowing that there is nothing wrong with me, my family, nature, the universe. I'm drunk on feeling the limitless possibilities of my life!

And I a gratful!

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