Nobody But You...

kaori-flora

First published at 10:44 UTC on May 29th, 2018.
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Reading from 1:20-3:38
It sounds better with headphones.

This is the best I could do for now, because it was really hard for me to read the whole poem in one take without a lump in my throat.

Filmed at around sunrise over 2 consecutive days. Day 1 at around 5:15am, a cloudy sunrise, choppy waves; Day 2 at around 6am, a misty sunrise, calm sea.

music: Arovane Tides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gHNGV4zjIE
I love the melancholy yet hopeful tone of this track. The percussion is like the waves - constant, reassuring, soothing...everything is going to be OK.

Nobody But You by Charles Bukowski

nobody can save you but
yourself.
you will be put again and again
into nearly impossible
situations.
they will attempt again and again
through subterfuge, guise and
force
to make you submit, quit and /or die quietly
inside.

nobody can save you but
yourself
and it will be easy enough to fail
so very easily
but don’t, don’t, don’t.
just watch them.
listen to them.
do you want to be like that?
a faceless, mindless, heartless
being?
do you want to experience
death before death?

nobody can save you but
yourself
and you’re worth saving.
it’s a war not easily won
but if anything is worth winning then
this is it.

think about it.
think about saving your self.
your spiritual self.
your gut self.
your singing magical self and
your beautiful self.
save it.
don’t join the dead-in-spirit.

maintain your self
with humor and grace
and finally
if necessary
wager your self as you struggle,
damn the odds, damn
the price.

only you can save your
self.

do it! do it!

then you’ll know exactly what
I am talking about.

CategoryArts & Literature
SensitivityNormal - Content that is suitable for ages 13+