Wednesday 22nd November

Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.


Here’s a favourite poem of mine by Charles Baudelaire – 


Be Drunk

Always be drunk.

Nothing else matters: its the only way.

So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that

Breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you

You have to be continually drunk.


Drunk on what?

With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.

But be drunk.


As 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,

Should you awaken and the drunkenness already

Diminished or gone,


Ask of the wind, or of the wave, 

Or of the star, or of the bird,

Or of the clock, of whatever flies,

Or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks,


Ask what time it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird,

clock will answer you:

‘Its time to be drunk!

On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.’


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3 Responses to “Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.”

  1. Jennifer H. says:


  2. Christy Sweeney says:

    wonderful, great to discover new poetry.

  3. Sharon Coffey says:

    Great portrait and poem.

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