"The Laughing Heart"By Charles Bukowski


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.

Another one of Bukowski's, serious, brilliant poems. I think he is talking about depression when he says "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" when talking about life. I think the whole poem is about not giving up on yourself, and having confidence, and taking advantage of all opportunities you're presented with.

Also, a note about the slidecast: The old man and the young man are Ernest Hemmingway and Kurt Cobain, two suicide victims, and not just two random people (seems like there was some confusion there).