air and light and time and space

'- you know, I've either had a family, a job, something
has always been in the
way
but now
I've sold my house, I've found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I'm going to have a place and
the time to
create.'
no baby, if you're going to create
you're going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you're going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you're on
welfare,
you're going to create with part of your mind and your
body blown
away,
you're going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you're going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquakes, bombardment,
flood and fire.
baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don't create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (20)

It is a great thought Poem
Good poem about the secret of creativity... a long but fruitless life is the choice of the ordinary, not of the gifted.
He is not what one would call an indecisive poet, is he? The unvarnished truth is what he deals with and too bad if you are uncomfortable with it- -love a poet whose stance is firm.
This poem seems to capture the need to create very well. One's muse needs only thought and heart; no excuses. Really like this poem.
Beautifully inscribed. Nice poem.
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