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Monday, May 31, 2010



' The Dresden clock continued ticking on the mantelpiece
And the footman sat upon the dining-table
Holding the second housemaid on his knees--
Who had always been so careful while her mistress lived '

From ' Aunt Helen' by T.S. Eliot
Looking forward to some splattered diverse brilliance next Wednesday!


Uncork me a fine wine of elegant nose
Releasing English liquorice and roast herbes de Provence
Thick, harsh, and powerful, Chậteauneuf du Pape
Vibrantly coloured, rich mahogany red
Virile and masculine, with muscular tannins
Ground pepper, lavender, loamy soil undertones
Exotic essence, suggesting cloves awash with fruits
Cassis… sweet framboise… smoky fried cherry notes
To complement a bouquet of spice and old leather
Themes that transport me to grandfather’s drawing room
Cuban cigar smoke clouding the atmosphere
The Dresden clock… ticking on the mantelpiece
Inside that big old ancestral mansion house
…And the footman, sat upon the dining table
Glaring acetone; volatile acidity
Deep and dense, with a complexity of balance
Holding the second housemaid on his knees
An impressive structure, not lacking in finesse
A beautiful, perfectly rounded body
Exhibiting her own fruitiness and fatness
Mischievous, tantalising characteristics
That dance on the palate. A command performance
Leading to a long silky finish from the girl
Who had always been so careful while her mistress lived


  1. well described..

    have a nice day

  2. Oh my God, Stan!

    'Leading to a long silky finish from the girl
    Who had always been so careful while her mistress lived'

    What a finish, indeed - this poem transported me into a reverie from which I never want to awaken.

  3. Thanks to:
    Inay; All from just a taste...
    Julia; It'll come at a hefty price.

  4. wonderful storytelling here -- you've created quite a lush scene. and I love how you've woven the eliot lines in. nice!

  5. Thanks Angie; I used to think wine tater speak was pretentious nonsense - until I tasted it myself...

  6. Probably not what you intended, but I laughed when I read from the footman on the table onwards. The poem left me feeling good, despite the dark undertones. I know what you mean about winespeak - very prevalent hereabouts.

  7. Thanks ViV; Laughing is OK - all the puns were intended, and the wine references have enough in their interpretations to suggest any manner of evil.

  8. Cool, Stan, nicely interweaved - love the bit about the voluptious housemaid!

  9. Thanks Andy; With her mistress gone, she's giving it large.

  10. Yep I like the fruity fatness of the housemaid giving a command performance as well. A healthy well built bonny lass.
    Your wine descriptions are luscious.

  11. Stan your descriptions here are lovely and the way you wove Eliot's lines are masterful.

  12. Great aspect you've chosen, Stan and cleverly woven around the original lines. Very tasty indeed.

  13. Love this, Stan! And this coming from someone who is also a wine blogger! Fine wines do transport us --and this one does so eloquently! Can I share it with my readers there and link back to you?

  14. oh and here's the link to my wine blog, http://winepredator.wordpress.com in case you want to check it out first before giving the ok

  15. Thanks to:
    Rallentanda; Fine wines have such evocative qualities.
    Pamela; I hope I didn't stitch him up... :)
    Derrick; The dreden clock made me think antique... vintage - and this is the redult.
    Artpredator; I hope I did the wine justice, and feel free to share it. I will check out your wine blog.

  16. nicely told and written Stan....thanks for this

  17. Thanks Wayne; In vino veritas...?

  18. I'm not a wine expert, but this poem makes me want to become one. I like how you smoothly transitioned from the bouquet to the action in the mansion house.

  19. You constantly surprise me, and that's why I love, love your poetry. The wine is overdone, superbly so, and so is the maid. How clever to twine Eliot's lines in with your own. Bravo!

  20. Stan, I would've guessed brandies with these folks since Brittain can't grow a good wine grape but that's where mercantilism comes in. Clever to contrast good wine with the cute housemaid.

  21. Thanks to:
    Francis; It was a particularly good vintage.
    Linda; A toast to excess, but to be taken in moderation.
    JDM; Brandy, Port, or Fine Wine - like the maid, they all have their merits, and all improve with age.

  22. I like the way you engage the senses, Stan. And you have a cracking last line.


  23. Thanks TLH; Last line credit to T.S Eliot.