Good evening my fellow poets and welcome to the bar for another round of Poetics. ‘Another round’ you say? ‘make mine a double!’ Free drinks at the bar all night on me.
We are of course a pub where only virtual drinks are drunk and where the the real selection on offer is the talent of the group to create word wizardry from any prompt.
So what if we combine those two. Poems and drink? Now before you rush off to get tipsy, (although that could make for an interesting prompt!) what I mean is let us tonight bring poems to the pub about drinking. There have been such prompts in the past in various guises so I would like you to be creative with your words.
Of course the drink need not be alcoholic nor even drink right? We are after all poets!! Of course you may wish to pen a poem when you’re drunk…on whisky…on love…on life…Check Baudelaire.
Charles Baudelaire, 1821 – 1867
You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.
But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”
By way of a different route here is a beauty by Evelyn Duncan.
During the depression
my mother, teetotaler,
but thrifty to a fault,
surprised my father and me
when she cobbled up a still,
kept it on a shelf behind the kitchen stove,
and salvaged a crate of too-ripe pears
by making brandy, pouring it into Mason jars,
and storing them on the cellar stairs.
When my father found a better job at last,
and movers came one day to move our stuff,
“A shame to have this go to waste,” we heard my mother say,
offering them the brandy, which they polished off.
They soon grew happy at their work,
hanging a chamber pot and her Sunday dress
on outside panels of their battered truck
and speeding off into the dusk
before she could protest.
We closed the house, cranked the Model-A, and started out,
following over stony mountain ruts,
but soon were stopping now and then
when headlights showed familiar shapes
lying in the road or ditch: first
the chamber pot and dress; next,
a chair, a bucket, and a box of sheets.
But drunk with hope, we praised our luck,
sang “Bringing in the Sheaves”
as we collected what the truck had dropped.
Our task this evening is then crystal clear. Pen a poem about drinking and be as creative as you wish with the word. Drinking also offers up some fabulous verbage for us to play with. Feel free to slurp me a sonnet, guzzle me a ghazal or chug me a chanso.
As always link up your poem via Mr Linky (below) and drop into the realms of each other’s blogs to stay a while and read/comment/like.