Paying Rent With Poetry

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Living a Beautiful Life

What a wonderful world it would be
If we could pay rent with poetry

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There’s nothing to write.  I’m hung up by the balls.  The stories come back as fast as I can write them.  Of course, I land with poems.  But you can’t pay rent with poems…. First check in 2 months today — a lousy $50, story for a dirty magazine…. Hal, I’m down.  Can’t write.

~ Letter from Charles Bukowski to Harold Norse (excerpt), September 15, 1970.

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What a wonderful world it would be
If we could pay rent with poetry

If we all had enough food to eat
If we all had a warm bed to sleep

If we all had shelter from life’s storm
If we were all protected from harm

What a wonderful world it would be
If we could pay rent with poetry

If we could all watch the setting sun
Resting after our day’s work is done

If…

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