Roll the Dice Poem by Bukowski

roll the dice poem by bukowski

I stole my first Bukowski poem in 2004 when I started publishing with WordPress after havinhg published since 1996 using HTML. These days Charles Bukowski and Sylvia Plath are the worlds most re-posted poets. My brother, Wayne Jackson introduced me to Buk in the 1980′s. It was chic and our secret then in my area. Today the word is certainly out about Buk and Artvilla has become a Bukowski and Plath site in many ways since our visitors seem to ask for them so much. It’s easy to see why.

…..David Michael Jackson

roll the dice

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
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
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

- Charles Bukowski


Bell Buckle Cafe and Rock Creek Rolling to the Sea by Clay Derryberry


I finally got out of the house and went down to my favorite place in this part of Tennessee, Bell Buckle and the Bell Buckle Cafe, my fav restaurant.
Bell Buckle is a railroad town, it hugs the railroad and a train is apt to roar by the old storefronts which say so much about this part of Tennessee and its history. It hasn’t really changed much and we tend to hold on to those places. We touch history and I tend to touch the bricks of this tiny town. I love driving to Bell Buckle because the views after I leave I-24 are the most breath taking in this part of Tennessee.

On this night Andy and Clay Derryberry and The Four Shades of Grey were playing. It’s a tough place to film and to try to catch the sounds because it’s a long narrow room and the restaurant is very popular because they make meat and three into gourmet delight!
I only managed to capture one song properly and what a song!. This song doesn’t just represent the Duck River area of Tennessee. It’s a larger song that, to me. It represents both America and life.
This part of the country is not so panoramic as others. Our delight is just around the corner of a country road and a quiet view of a creek replacing panorama with glimpses of water flowing through rocks in a small way, not a big way.

Song by Clay Derryberry

Performance by Shades of Grey at the Bell Buckle Cafe July 12, 2014

….David Michael Jackson


Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Videos

jake  shimabukuro ukulele
Jake was four years old when he began to play the ukulele. He has contributed to the surge in poularity of this instrument which is no longer just associated with Hawaiian music but also emcompasses the blues, classical and rock music. Jake is a world amassador for the instrument and music.


Tritium, “Periodic Table of Poetry” bonus poem from Chicago poet Janet Kuypers


Janet Kuypers

(Bonus poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series, molecule 3H
based on Hydrogen element #1, also known as hydrogen-3)

So my husband has this nice Fossil watch
that he wears only when we go out on nice dates now.
You see, he says he doesn’t need a watch
because he has his cell phone with him at all times,
and it always tells time in accordance with GPS.

But recently he broke down and bought another watch,
one that looks like a small child should wear it,
with a huge black band and face and neon glowing hands.

Lovely, I thought,
I thought just using the cell phone was bad enough.
So I asked about the glowing hands on his watch
(and thought about the original radium watch faces
painted by women who got cancer from radiation).
And he said no, the numbers and dials are covered in

And I thought, great,
another element that probably will leak
into people causing certain eventual death.
But he said no, this is safe, it’s only an isotope of hydrogen.

And I thought, oh…
So it’s just another boring element that we
Americans are using to try to make life easier
for people who grow tired of using their eyes.

I don’t think he liked my saying that.
So he said, wait a minute
(knowing how I seem to like learning about
Atomic bombs and World War Two and the like),
Tritium is used in the process of making the
Hydrogen bomb.


So I read that Tritium for American nuclear weapons
was produced in special heavy water reactors.
But tritium undergoes radioactive decay
(ergo the glowing watch faces, I’d wonder,
though I’m sure he’s stress that there’s
no dangerous radioactivity in his watch -
oh wait, he said it’s “safe” radioactivity),
but Tritium’s used in “boosting”, increasing
the speed and yield of fission bombs.

And yeah, he was trying to get me to like
his child-like black glow-in-the-dark watch
by linking it with heavy water in WWII
and Hitler’s efforts to get the bomb first.
Scary to think that tactic might work with me,
but at least he’s trying to get me like
the watch that he chooses to wear.