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Be Drunk

The Yellow Scale,
a portrait of French poet Charles Baudelaire by Franz Kupka

Be drunk always. Nothing else matters; there are no other subjects. Not to feel the grim weight of Time breaking your backs and bending you double, you must get drunk and stay drunk.

But Drunk on what? Wine, poetry, virtue – the choice is yours. Just be drunk.

And if sometimes, on a palace staircase, on the green grass of a ditch, in the gloomy isolation of your chamber, you wake sober or just a little tipsy, ask the wind, waves, stars, birds, clocks, ask anything that flies, moans, moves, sings, speaks, ask it the time. And the wind, wave, star, bird, clock will reply: ” Time To get drunk! To avoid the enslaved martyrdom of Time, get drunk and stay drunk! On wine, poetry, virtue, the choice is yours! Charles Baudelaire 1864

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2 thoughts on “Be Drunk

  1. As I’m of Irish descent, being drunk is no offense at all. Passion. Rage, rage, against the closing of the bar! To yer health then! : )

    Posted by artinpublicplaces | March 8, 2012, 2:03 am

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