Be Drunk: Kind of a St. Patrick’s Day post. (But it’s not what you think…).

Be Drunk

You have to be always drunk.

That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way.

So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth,

you have to be continually drunk.

But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish.

But be drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch,

in the mournful solitude of your room,

you wake again,

drunkenness already diminishing or gone,

ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock,

everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling,

everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .

ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you:

“It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time,

be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”

~ Charles Baudelaire
(translated by Louis Simpson)


Editor: Kate Bartolotta.

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Jacquetta Bellar Mar 17, 2012 11:42pm

A year ago Ellen commented, “…stop the inane anthropomorphizing. The tree is not a “she” or a “queen.” Irritating as all hell.”

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Jay S. Winston, founder and proprietor of Yoga for Cynics (http://yogaforcynics.blogspot.com), has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die, is currently (semi-)(un-)employed as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing to homeless men, tutors recovering addicts in reading, was recently certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher, gets around mostly by bicycle, is trying to find an agent for his novel, resides in the bucolic Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, State of Mildly Inebriated Samadhi, U.S.A. and, like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.