seeing red

the anger fades 
in lurid liquid shades 
of burgundy
and the claret
-y comes in wine and waves,
saves us slowly 
sip by sip. 

we slip 
our hands together 
in prayer
and pain
and praise 
of slight squashed dreams 
and mangled grapes. 

Linda’s got a great word for us over at dVerse for today’s Quadrille. Come play!

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46 Responses to seeing red

  1. RedCat says:

    Love the ending lines and your use of the different shades of wine. 🙂

  2. merrildsmith says:

    I love the rhythm, color, and images–and I’m a red wine drinker, too. 😀

  3. I like your use of wine varieties, and the ending is lovely.

  4. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    “Comes in wine and waves, saves us slowly sip by sip.” I hardly ever drink wine any more; it gives me terrible hangovers.

  5. K.Hartless says:

    The squash and the mangling is such a unique perspective on the wine-making process. Enjoyed your Quadrille.

  6. robtkistner says:

    This is a gem De, very engaging and broad in its scope.

  7. Gillena Cox says:

    Wow this is wonderful
    Happy Easter


  8. msjadeli says:

    Such a fluid composition that says so much.

  9. rothpoetry says:

    Drown you troubles in wine … life’s story…
    of slight squashed dreams
    and mangled grapes.

  10. Mish says:

    I could feel the emotions and clarity fading with each sip of this poem. Great play on the “claret….y’

  11. Lovely word play as always.

  12. Truedessa says:

    The ending is brilliant – I think the last year has seen a lot of squashed dreams.

  13. Raivenne says:

    I love the feel of this. The beginning may have been in anger but the alliteration p words is what pounds their impact home. Well done.

  14. kim881 says:

    I love all those shades of anger, De, and the ‘slight squashed dreams and mangled grapes’. I thought of all the ‘p’ sounds as pips in trodden grapes.

  15. De, I literally cannot pick a favorite line or part of this poem – I adore the whole thing!


  16. Ingrid says:

    This was a fun read, especially:

    ‘and the claret
    -y comes in wine and waves’


  17. Nice! A good red does ease the pain.

  18. lillian says:

    …comes in wine and waves….I love the inclusion of color and several wines here. And oh yes….a disagreement can be mellowed by a sip or two of wine….most especially when eyes meet across the wine glass rims 🙂 Lovely ending here.

  19. Helen Dehner says:

    Yes, wine can make things better …. I enjoyed reading this.

  20. Love this, De. Good title as well!

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