Tuesday, September 25, 2007

From the mouths of poets and drunks...

Sometimes wisdom comes in small tidbits. Here's a little taste of the wisdom pie from the mind of novelist, poet and great American drunk, Charles Bukowski.

Known for his raw style and oftentimes profane behavior, Bukowski's words are fitting for the time we're living. Not one for bullshit, Bukowski had a way of boiling his words down to their simplest and most direct form. Brutal honestly in a bitter pill.

There are more than a few politicians, pundits and hacks that could use a few ample doses of raw Bukowski.

This one seems hopeful:

“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose” - Charles Bukowski

Maybe we could all use a dose, or at least a reminder:
“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” - Charles Bukowski

Or, maybe we just need a little bit of bar wisdom:
“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” - Charles Bukowski

Anyway, wisdom can come from anywhere, but it has to be found. If it's just handed to you, it's probably not wisdom at all - but something else entirely.

4 comments:

tshsmom said...

I LIKE this guy! Thanks for the heads up.
I've always said that we can only save the world one person at a time.

Shawn said...

I really like his prose writing...not so much the poetry stuff, but it's still good. He can be a bit...ummmm...rude...in his writing - but I think you can handle it!

tshsmom said...

That's fine. I can be a bit rude in my thinking. ;)

SME said...

Yay for great American drunks! Where would we be without 'em? (reading "People" magazine, probably...)