The Laughing Heart

Feel free to watch Ralf Schmerber's ad for Levis to hear the poem. See this vid to listen to it. My heart is solely pounding when Tom Waits reads Charles Bukowski. It's like a dream. Then my heart laughs, laughs, laughs. "That's a beauty".
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.

Charles Bukowski