Sunday, August 14, 2016

Poetry Sunday

Some say it's an acquired taste, and if so, then I've acquired it. There's nothing quite like a gin and tonic on a hot day, unless it's a gin martini. Or gin and tonic popsicles. And what could be more appropriate on a beastly hot Autumn day than a poem based on that wonderful liquid ...

by Jacqueline Berger

I like a green olive
stuffed with a pimento
after it has been submerged
for some time in a martini.
I like to go downtown with my husband,
sit in a booth at the Grand
and let the drink rub the edge
off the inane fight we had
about the furniture salesman
and whether he treated us fairly,
my view, or whether he tried
to put one over on us,
my husband's view.
In some moods we'll fight about anything
just to make the other
carry the weight of anger
we lug all day through our lives.
But that moment
when we climb into bed
on a winter's night,
letting our bodies lie down,
letting the day be over,
it’s not unlike the way gin
loosens the rope, lets float
the raft into its stillest waters.
Happy hour, when the landscape
loses its daylight meaning
as it slips into the silk of dusk
before night pours down its jazzy notes
in a cathedral of crushed velvet.
We are sitting side by side in the booth,
watching the flurry of holiday shoppers
come in from the cold.
By now the salesman is a jerk,
or he's a helluva guy,
either way is fine.
We are talking about anything,
having drifted out into the calm
plainness of intimacy. Nothing
profound, just a place to rest
at the end of the day,
the cord between us swinging gently
after the bells have stopped their ringing.

Bottoms up!

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'll drink to that!

A little gin
Is not a sin.

Mike said...

I found a post idea about that gently swinging cord.

bakku-shan said...

Why is the cord swinging gently?

Linda Kay said...

Can I just have a cold glass of wine instead?