Get Drunk

Always be drunk.
That's it!
The great imperative!
In order not to feel
Time's horrid fardel
bruise your shoulders,
grinding you into the earth,
Get drunk and stay that way.
On what?
On wine, poetry, virtue, whatever.
But get drunk.
And if you sometimes happen to wake up
on the porches of a palace,
in the green grass of a ditch,
in the dismal loneliness of your own room,
your drunkenness gone or disappearing,
ask the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock,
ask everything that flees,
everything that groans
or rolls
or sings,
everything that speaks,
ask what time it is;
and the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock
will answer you:
"Time to get drunk!
Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

by Charles Baudelaire

Comments (8)

for u my gentle fellow mad poet: https: //allpoetry.com/poem/14068185-Whiplash-Peasant-Girl- dedicated-to-Baudelaires-D-Day-today- Aug.-by-BellyVanKelly
Well this obviously took a lot of thought! Sigh.
Always drunk a nice and great poetry from the great poet. In fact idling mind and killing time is waste of human life and it is wonderful presentation and thinking in the poem and so likes.
My favorite poem. Beautiful words to live by.
What a raw, simple, yet so lovely notion! Ah, but Charles! There is beauty in soberiety aswell haha
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