the gods will offer you chances....
"Your life is your life," begins Charles Bukowski's short powerful prayer of a poem, "The Laughing Heart." The generous Bukowski goes onto inform you of an essential fact about yourself that you should already know--that "you are marvelous."
In the video below, the poet "who has resisted assimilation longest and most strenuously" is paired with a musical artist about whom we may confidently say the same. Tom Waits here reads Bukowski and the gravel in the poetry meets the gravel in Waits' voice. Do yourself a favor and stop it before Bono starts in. And remember, "be on the watch / there are ways out."
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