It’s nice to call at friends for a cuppa, especially if it’s in the English tradition, with a tea pot, bone china cups and saucers, the host saying “shall I be mum ?”.

There is pleasure to be found in the simple act of meeting for morning coffee, passing the time catching up amidst the rich aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.

For men the world over the act of going out with a mate for “a couple of pints” is an occasion to be looked forward to.

But for me, two people sharing a bottle of wine is always a special thing. It seems to encompass all of the above. There is ritual like afternoon tea, there is the joy of imbibing alcohol with someone close and the relaxing sense of comfort that brings and finally the casual air of the coffee shop.



To Take Wine

Two glasses and a bottle stand on their table alter,

the faint scent of wine, a frail elixir to be savoured,

reverently poured by a friend who does not falter,

filling ritual tools with nectar, Merlot flavoured,

that demands pause before it is raised to the lips,

where communion is found between gentle sips.

6 thoughts on “TO TAKE WINE

  1. The form fits the function – wine and rhyme play so well together. Well-crafted Biblical allusions here – Paul’s recommendation to Timothy in the title, the alter in the opening line and the communion in the last. Beyond the excellence in the poetics, there is the resonance of the topic. A subtle Pinot Noir is in my very near future ~ Cheers!

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  2. It would appear Jilly, on the subject of religion generally and Christianity specifically, we are polar opposites. I mention this out of respect for your beliefs and to say you will find much of my writing offensive. Just a friendly heads-up.


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