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Vino and Verse

Updated on March 4, 2012
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Swimming about my chilled bottle

I dive a little deeper into her pear

And floral notes, my Pinot Grigio

Avoiding what floats on the surface


With the numbing elixir poured

I scramble to find

The next shiny object

To distract my mind

The poetry in hubland, my rescue


Tender little verses

Happily swish across my tongue

Luxurious word choices

Creatively metered morsels

My thought buds tingle once read aloud


Even if, now and then I cringe

And now and then I resort

To the dictionary

Your vocabulary either grander or more

Peculiar than mine


With the authors not about

I curse my time zone

And worry as the level of my

grape juice drains down


The only left alternative

Certainly not my bed

For there in the stillness I must

Surely face

The thoughts from which I’m running


Don’t look so apprehensive

We’ve had a thousand nights

Turned mornings just like this

No better moment girl

Rosin up your bow

Your keyboard is your instrument


Time to let it flow


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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Henry. It is always interesting to me who likes what of mine.

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      Henry Clemmons 

      7 years ago

      Love to hear your music. I like to write when I think the rest of my world is sleeping. I liked this alot. One of my favs of yours. Honest and clear.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Saddlerider. Your praise is dear to me.

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      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      The vino lingers on my tongue, my Quill in hand the bottle within reach to pour another into my crystal glass, which clearly reflects back to me the choice of verse or prose.

      Yes indeed a poet's tonic of stimulation into the wee hours it brings allowing ones mind to wander into dark places from the past and bring forth another scribe tonight my lass. Well executed Randy and loved your recital of this piece, Bravo...applause.....

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Greetings Kavita I am thrilled you know. This is a poem for writers I suppose. Cin Cin.

      Hi Dustus. Glad you could relate... actually no, sorry about that.

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      dustus 

      7 years ago

      "For there in the stillness I must / Surely face / The thoughts from which I’m running"

      Hit me on a gut level with that passage. Can relate, especially in terms of feeling compelled to write for similar reasons. Excellent reading!

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      Kavita 

      7 years ago

      What a fabulous analogy there!! For a moment, you really had me wondering... but then I began imagining my days with words, verses and music... and immediately, I KNEW! :)

      A fascinating read indeed!

      Umm.. Cheers! (hic)

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      White... 25 years later, is my vino of choice. Its probably different there but they put so many sulfites in red now! Gives me a headache.

      On a serious note, your poem today blew me away. I'm not even here right now. I'm still walking back from where ever it is I landed!

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      claudia 

      7 years ago

      yep - time to let it flow..glad you did... poetry and wine (red wine in my case) is an unbeatable team... and i hate it as well when i need a dictionary and even after looking up all the exotic words still have no clue what someone is talking about...

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Ayala :)

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      ayala 

      7 years ago

      Nice...I enjoyed it :)

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Poetry is like other... fluids they must all be released or suffer the consequences :)

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      brian miller 

      7 years ago

      nice. i feel much the same of the poetry i find online as you read in mine, this is the first time i listened to you...nice voice...and yes you did let it flow...i gotta let it flow at least once or i might explode...truthfully....

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I usually try not to be so... pop cultural but I did this time.

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      Pat Hatt 

      7 years ago

      And let if flow you did, nice ,enjoyed the curse my timezone line, just stuck with me.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Epi. You obviously come from a very good year yourself.

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ..well actually I always thought that your writing was a very good vintage - this just proves it!!!!!!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I'm sorry. I got a little carried away, but I'm glad you liked it.

      "You took my analogy and swam with it" Yay!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Do not ever shut up Ian! This was the first thing I read this morning and it made me smile. You took my analogy and swam with it. lol! If you go deep enough there are some startling and intriguing creatures who live where there is no light.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I agree with what you say about the current, Randy. Sometimes I find it is very deep and flowing too fast, and I feel as if I am going to be overwhelmed, and at others I am standing in the shallows, with the water only half way up my calves and I look around for someone to come and play. And the horizon is bare.

      And then one day you came along and you splashed the water in an amazing sparkling arc and it was great, and at other times we have swum way out and looked below the surface of the water, and watched the amazing sea creatures there.

      Shut up, Ian

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I play on FB too but its not the same.... it hasn't the same depth. We plan parties and festivals and such. On the hub there is this deeper current you can swim in. I guess its the writer's current. I find like minds here.... a creative likeness to myself. It doesn't seem to flow as it once did. That may just be the pieces I'm producing though... not playful enough these days perhaps.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      Wine and the hub? Been there, my friend. Lord knows I've been there.

      It's funny; I used to dabble on Facebook, read more novels and magazines, just generally putz around when it came to literature. Now, it's the hub. Night and day, checking, reading, composing, commenting. Sure, I partake of that whole "life" thing, but in my free time, here I am. Good piece. I can definitely identify.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      There you go making me look up words again TL. "Frisson" what a perfectly wonderful an apt word. Thank you for the kind comment.

      Morning MA. Yes indeedy.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      To search one's soul,it helps to let the music flow.;)

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I love your analogies.

      "Don’t look so apprehensive

      We’ve had a thousand nights

      Turned mornings just like this

      No better moment girl

      Rosin up your bow

      Your keyboard is your instrument"... i had (got?) a frisson when I read that verse.

      Beautiful, Randy. Really excellent. And marked up accordingly.

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