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Be Drunk
(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

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

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Comments (16)

Absolutely love this.
Intoxication by any means is delivered by this poem.
It seems - from this poem and others - that life is an overwhelming foe.
Wow. powerful about being in love with Life. Be drunk. Love it.
Being drunk on wine or virtue can be a problem. Virtue here means spiritualism or religion. When a person is drunk in religion he/she tends to do some preaching to people around. Spiritual people don't like freedom of thought.
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