Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “In Vino Veritas” by Irena Pasvinter. A biography of the poet may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2015/07/songs-of-eretz-poetry-review-is-pleased_23.html.
In Vino Veritas
I don’t care about terroir, fruit flavors
and mineral notes. Not today. Just pour
a glass to the rim. Length, body, complexity,
texture and structure — forget them. I’ll not
see, swirl, smell, sip and savor — I’ll gulp
the ruby blood of the earth, greedy for its
hearty warmth to melt the ice of grief
in my veins, to wrap its soft cocoon
of fog around my burning brain.
Let’s drink for the day when
beneath the canvas of
quiet joy we’ll be
the spell of terroir,
hints of spice and mineral notes.
Poet’s Notes: The more I find out about wine the more it fascinates me. Each glass of quality wine tells a unique story about place, people, and time. “In Vino Veritas” is an attempt to emulate this storytelling essence of a wine glass in form and in content.
Editor’s Note: I love the word-painting here! I also enjoy the way the poet employs the language of wine tasting to create an earthy, lusty, live-for-today kind of feel. “In Vino Veritas” was first published in Every Day Poets.