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Laughing All The Way To The Bank March 8, 2010

Posted by The Typist in cryptical envelopment, The Narrative, Toulouse Street.

I really need to try to manage at least one post a week besides Odd Words and I have a dozen ideas in my head or as jotted notes in draft articles but that seems to be as far as I can get lately. It’s a quiet time in New Orleans now anyhow, the lull between Carnival and the Spring festivals that starts on St. Patrick Day, but here on Toulouse Street we’re screening Koyaanisqatsi 24-7 on every wall and someone’s put the popcorn kernels down the garbage disposal again and you close your eyes before you put your hand down the hole but the soundtrack doesn’t stop and the vertigo starts to pull you into the screaming traffic scenes [don’t hit the switch] the taillights flashing by like a demonic red meteor shower [pull your hand out before your head hits the switch] and the next thing you know you’re waddling across that double yellow line on all fours, frozen in the sudden lights and the sound of grinding gears. [Pause. Deep breath here. And another swallow of coffee.] So instead of an actual, thoughtful post here is more lazy quoting from better writers (itself a line stolen from Greg), a little piece that might cheer you up as you sit exhausted on the porch sipping (hah, slurping too quickly your third) beer, considering the potential intersection of your insistent Blackberry and the hammer you forgot to put away this weekend. Just remember, it’s always darkest just before the 1,000 lb weight hits the coyote. Be the roadrunner, not the coyote.

The Laughing Heart
by Charles Bukowski

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.


1. Marco - March 10, 2010

Thanks for the Bukowski. Just what I needed with my coffee. Life out of balance. You describe it so well, freneticism and all.


2. Tim - March 11, 2010

Love the last lines. “In you.” I believe that. Life flows on within you and without you as Beatle George said.

Thanks and peace,



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