Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.


Wow.  Holy productive morning.  Coming up for air right now after swimming in a sea of words and ideas and intellect and possibility.  

Found this Bukowski saved amongst old emails.  In the midst of an autumn that feels veritably buzzing with big projects and bigger goals, it feels relevant, if a little cheesy for my taste.  Overlook the vaguely syrupy motivational undertones and appreciate it for its no-bullshit, balls-out attitude.

Roll the Dice

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, it's
the only good fight
there is.

~Bukowski

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