Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea Pays Tribute to Charles Bukowski

Flea: Charles Bukowski is the first poet I related to and loved. His novels and poetry books gave me countless hours of connection to my highest self. Happy birthday to the mighty Buk, you are immortal and I love you.

August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994

Here’s one of my personal favorites… – FIB

GOING ALL THE WAY by Charles Bukowski

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

Otherwise, don’t even start.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs 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, 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.

DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. All the way

You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.