isolation is the gift

go all the way

if you’re going to try, go all the way.
otherwise, don’t even start.
this could mean losing girlfriends, wives,
relatives and maybe even your mind.
it could mean not eating for three or four days.
it could mean freezing on a park bench.
it could mean jail.
it could mean derision.
it could mean mockery — isolation.
isolation is the gift.
all the others are a test of your endurance,
of how much you really want to do it.
and, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.
and it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
if you’re going to try, go all the way.
there is no other feeling like that.
you will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
you will ride life straight to perfect laughter.
it’s the only good fight there is.

the laughing heart

your life is your life.
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous.
the gods wait to delight in you.

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