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day 26/366

no leaders, please (a poem by Charles Bukowski)

 

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,

don't swim in the same slough.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,

and

stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

 

invent yourself then reinvent yourself,

change your tone and shape so often that they can

never

categorize you.

 

reinvigorate yourself and

accept what is

but only on the terms that you have invented

and reinvented.

 

be self-taught.

 

and reinvent your life because you must;

it is your life and

its history

and the present

belong only to

you.

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Taken on January 26, 2012