Jennifer E. Thomas (j3nny3lf) wrote,
Jennifer E. Thomas

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One of those nights

Ever had one of those nights where everything just felt a little bit off kilter from center? I'm in the middle of one, and I'm not tired enough to sleep..

So I'm doing the next best thing and putting on a mild Peppermint Schnapps buzz. I've had three shots, and am feeling just that side of tipsy, which is a nice warm feeling. And now the bottle is back on the top bookshelf, where it has lived since last May.

I don't drink very often at all, and when I do, I like to enjoy it. In that spirit (pun intended, yes yes!) I offer you a poem by the great Charles Baudelaire (and Zem, you should put THIS translation on the WM site, because the one there? It sucks, my friend!)

Be always drunken.
Nothing else matters: that is the only question.
If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time
weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth,
be drunken continually.

Drunken with what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.
But be drunken.

And if sometimes,
on the stairs of a palace,
or on the green side of a ditch,
or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
you should awaken and the drunkenness
be half or wholly slipped away from you,
ask of the wind, or of the wave, or of the star,
or of the bird, or of the clock,
or whatever flies, or sighs, or rocks,
or sings, or speaks,
ask what hour it is;
and the wind, wave, star, bird, clock, will answer you:
'It is the hour to be drunken!'
Be drunken, if you would not be martyred slaves of Time;
be drunken continually!
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.

Reading this poem just now to a sound backdrop of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusich, which is probably my favorite classical composition ever, is just sublime.


Hour later

I apparently went to IRC and forgot I was posting here. Be always drunken!

I shall waddle off now.

Enjoy your night, day, morning, whatever it is wherever you are.
Tags: drunk

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