Friday, October 4, 2013

Beaudelaire Says Just Be Drunk

 

 So Easy to get away with this music and

Be Drunk

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, wave, star, bird, clock 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."

4 comments:

Vicky said...

I so loved reading this- the first part by Charles Baudelaire was my favorite! So poetic, but such truth to it- loved it :) I don't come nearly often enough Vic- but am always delighted when I do. You have such a rich and varied blog and its always easy to find great stuff to read and absorb!! Thanks for all you do!

A Lady's Life said...

You are very welcome Vicky.
I always hope you get to feel better.
Your blog affects me as well.You are a precious Mom and wife and woman.
My prayers are always with you every day.xoxoxoxox

Sandy Carlson said...

Artists do what they can with and for the truth. Thanks for this citation. And thanks for your humor.

A Lady's Life said...

sandy - so true They are critics of life and make people laugh.