By: Charles Bukowski
“what matters most is
how well you
walk through the
fire.” I have used this quote for loved ones going though something difficult.
I can almost imagine him writing in the last part of the poem about him walking on the floor with his feet bleeding because he accidentally walked through shards of broken glass from the empty bottles of beer that he failed to throw in the trash can…(as he narrated more than once in his stories) But then again, that’s life irrespective of all the complaining that we might have… CB will always be among my favourite writers!
Pure Bukowski. The essence of him.
I suppose that my stay in a burn unit at 16 helped me develop this same ability.
In my "old age" it manifests itself as verse.
I totally get what he means. For me it’s the fleeting joy of novelty plugging gaps.
I think I need to bring a better job of contentment to my life. I am by most standards blessed to lead the life I do but I can’t help but discontentment at times
Especially the fire lit by ourselves?
Bukowski is fun.
Charles you write, expose, and live the yoga sutras.
Hadn't read this one in a long time. I am seeing it all through more experienced eyes.
Yes, that inner balance, no matter what else is going on around you, it keeps you on keel.
What he said. 👆🏼
And it stops becoming Fire when you just "Let it Be". Don't share that around too publicly though, or "they" may try to keep you quiet.
Fearlessness makes a person hard to manipulate, you know :)
Big stacks won't like that at all!
Back when I needed cash I did it. I sold off hundreds of dollars worth of books and gave others away. There are loads I'm better off without and many I'd not read twice. But my Hank books, what the living blank was I thinking?
So I read this today and that was it. Had to find a copy of The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems 1951 - 1993. So, thanks.
What's great is we know that this is 70% true and 30% his wry humour