Living Loudly

The Laughing Heart

I don’t know where I first saw this poem or who sent it to me, but I have it printed out and framed in my apartment and yesterday, I stopped to read it and it hit me once again how great it was and why I found it so inspiring.

Then today, a tweet came across and said that Levi’s® was using it for their “Go Forth” campaign. “Go Forth” is a rally cry to create positive change in the world today.

THE LAUGHING HEART
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.
know them.
take them.
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
in you.
BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI

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