roll the dice

if you’re going to try it, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t get into it.

if you’re going to try it, 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, alcoholism.
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
the isolation is the gift,
all the other is a test of your
guts,
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
against total rejection and the
highest of odds
but it will be better than doing
anything else
you can think of.

if you’re going to try it,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
it.
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 death straight to
hell,
your perfect laughter,
the only good fight
now.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1991
Source
Original manuscript