Vineyards (a poem)

25 Apr



There was a summer years gone by,
we wandered vineyards, love and I.
Beneath the sun we quenched our thirst,
and crushed the grapes until they burst,
when each with purple head engorged
gave way to teeth with which we gorged.


But in the fall of all things human,
we rode our way to wrack and ruin.
Still feeding on our own desires,
we had no thought to bank our fires.
And but for winter, who would know
there’d come a day with no Pinot?


Yet in my glass I sense her still –
full-bodied taste, bouquet nose-filled.
Except for memory, there’s no trace
of tears I kissed from her sweet face,
but know now in the dregs of time
they weren’t her tears, but only mine.


Alan Annand, Toronto, 23 April 2015


Barbra Streisand (b. Apr 24): “I’m simple, complex, lazy and driven.”

25 Apr


“I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.”

~ Barbra Streisand, b. 24 April 1942

Blues Tutorial #4: The blues are not about choice.

24 Apr


Blues Tutorial #4:
The blues are not about choice. 
You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain’t no way out.


Al Pacino (b. Apr 25): “I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.”

24 Apr


“I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.”

~ Al Pacino, b. 25 April 1940

Blues Tutorial #3: After you get the first line right, repeat it.

23 Apr


Blues Tutorial #3.

The blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes… sort of:

“Got a good woman – with the meanest face in town.

Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher – and she weigh 500 pound.”

William Shakespeare, b. Apr 23: “A fool thinks himself wise, but a wise man knows he’s a fool.”

23 Apr


“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
~ William Shakespeare, b. 23 April 1564

Vladimir Nabokov (b. Apr 22): “I think like a genius, speak like a child.”

22 Apr


“I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.”

~ Vladimir Nabokov, b. 22 April 1899


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