Friday, April 11, 2014

PAD Day 11: Wine, Women, and... Poetry

Today's dual prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: (1) Write a poem whose title is a statement, then respond to that statement in your poem, and (2) write an "Anacreonic" poem; that is, one about wine and love.  Anacreon was an ancient Greek poet who loved to write about those two subjects, and though prompt #2 doesn't require it, I tried to write my poem more or less in the form he used, or at least, the form of the English translations. ( Fun fact: Did you know that "The Star-Spangled Banner" was based on an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven"?)  My "statement title" is a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson.  So here's my light verse for today:

Wine is Bottled Poetry

Wine is bottled poetry
said Stevenson, and now says me.
I can woo you with my rhymes,
but wine assures us both good times.
Join me in the meadow, lass -
We'll read my works and raise a glass.
I think that a rondelet
complements a chardonnay.
Or let's try a villanelle
with a zesty zinfandel.
You might prefer to sip merlot
while I read you my rondeau.
Then I'll share with you a sonnet -
just don't spill your claret on it.
A limerick, my last resort,
will go quite well with tawny port.
I'll read my verse if you will hear it,
but take it with the proper spirit.

1 comment:

Valeri said...

Bruce, I love your Wine is Bottled Poetry poem! I put it on my page ( as a comment under Poetry Prompt #11.