Roll The Dice

a poem by Charles Bukowski

 

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.

 

 

Roll The Dice by Charles Bukowski