The Laughing Heart

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

C. Bukowski

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It makes me cringe to talk about advertising here, but let’s take one split second, shall we?

I don’t know why I loved this ad so much and why it made me ache so.
Is it the beautiful use of Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Stages of Man’? (…then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad…”)   Benedict Cumberbatch’s elegant delivery?