Tonic For Good Life
Do not surround yourself with successful people.
They will fill you with insatiable contempt.
They will tell you that the water is warm
And that the mind is infinite
They don’t speak of depths.
Beware of the people surrounded in chatter.
They seldom listen.
Doubt the happy faces,
loath the productive spirits,
They cloth their escapism with pride and resilience.
Doubt beauty without hint of ugliness
And truth without falsification.
Doubt the absolute.
Doubt the good men.
Doubt life without the dread of dying.
Seek truth in the eyes of an alcoholic
And love in low lit rooms of brothels.
Sane men often hide their insanity
In well-meaning idioms.
Learn riches from a beggar,
And health from a dying man.
No tree touches the sky
Without its roots sunken in hell.