Let death tremble, Bukowski tells us

February 7, 2013
A poet and a sage.

Here is the full quote:

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. 
But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, 
the big answers don’t remain stone-written. 
We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. 
We are pliable. 
Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. 
I am my own God. 
We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. 
We are here to drink beer. 
We are here to kill war. 
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well 
that Death will tremble to take us.
 We are here to read these words from all these wise men and women who will tell us that we are here for different reasons and the same reason.
{I love this guy.}
2 comments on “Let death tremble, Bukowski tells us
  1. Charles was a wise man and cage rattler. Thanks for sharing the full poem/quote, which I’ve never read in its entirety.

    My view on death is I want to leave this world completely spent of all my talents and slide into home plate with a smile on my face sporting all my bumps, bruises from living life to the hilt.

    My only hope is my life won’t be prolonged past the point that it’s a quality life. I think modern day medicine often bandaids people together who are ready to go, like my Grandmother at 103. She wanted the Lord to take her around 95.

  2. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well
    that Death will tremble to take us.

    My philosophy agrees with this but with the GOD element back in it “Be the kind of person who when your feet hit the floor, the devil says “oh Shit, she’s up” I would never want to be my own God…I would rather leave it up to someone who is qualified!

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