ATTENTION!
ATTENTION!
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE?

ONE MUST ALWAYS BE DRUNK!
THAT’S IT -- THE ONLY IMPERATIVE!

SO AS NOT TO ALLOW THE TREACHEROUS SLEDGEHAMMER OF TIME
TO SHATTER YOUR BACK
& GRIND YOU TO THE GROUND
YOU MUST GET DRUNK AND STAY THAT WAY!

DRUNK ON WHAT?
ON WINE…
ON POETRY…
ON VIRTUE…
AS YOU LIKE…
BUT GET DRUNK!

AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO WAKE UP
ON THE STOOP OF A PALACE
THE BOTTOM OF A DITCH
THE BLEAK SOLITUDE OF YOUR OWN ROOM
& YOU FIND YOUR DRUNKENNESS WANING
OR WORSE STILL IT HAS VANISHED
YOU MUST:
1) ASK THE WIND & THE WAVE
2) ASK THE STAR
3) ASK THE BIRD
4) ASK THE CLOCK
5) ASK EVERYTHING THAT FLIES
EVERYTHING THAT MOANS
EVERYTHING THAT SINGS
& EVERYTHING THAT SPEAKS
ASK THEM FOR THE TIME
& THE WIND
THE WAVE
THE STAR
THE BIRD
THE CLOCK
THEY WILL ALL REPLY:
“IT IS TIME TO GET DRUNK!
IF YOU NOT TO BE A MARTYRED SLAVE OF TIME
GET DRUNK WITHOUT END
ON WINE, ON POETRY, ON VIRTUE… AS YOU LIKE.”

– 'Enivrez-Vous' by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Studio for Propositional Cinema