Wine and Stories

Monday Morning Afternoon Musings:

Passover a few years ago. Lots of wine–and sparkling wine?

With stories,
we entertain, ascertain, explain the past,
another glass of wine drained, slow or fast–

is it enough? We remember
to forget

how seasons turn, grey to green,
but loved ones gone, remain unseen

like ghosts
white blossoms drift
leaving trails . . .we follow.

It’s poetry month, and I’m having a hard time getting anything else done between all the poetry writing and reading. So, I’m making my usual Monday Morning Musings very short and combining it with the dVerse quadrille prompt, where Linda asks us to write about wine.

Passover ended yesterday. I celebrated with pasta, garlic bread, and wine. During a traditional Passover Seder (Seder means order), we tell the story of the Exodus and during the course of the night drink four glasses of wine. My family, when we’re together, does a very untraditional Seder, and we drink maybe one, two. . . maybe more. I’m looking forward to seeing them someday soon.

Merril’s Movie Club: We watched Quo Vadis, Aida? It’s Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar entry, and it’s a harrowing and heartbreaking, but also an excellent and nuanced movie. It chronicles the failure of the UN peacekeeping forces and the mass genocide by Serbian army in Srebrenica, as seen through the eyes of UN interpreter. The director said she had been waiting for someone to tell this difficult story, but she finally did so herself, and she does so without relying on showing tons of blood and gore. It’s available to rent on Amazon. We also watched Mank (Netflix). We both enjoyed it. It tells a fictional story of 1930s-1940s Hollywood, and the making of Citizen Kane, centered on Herman J. Mankiewicz, the writer, played by Gary Oldman. I thought Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies was particularly good.

69 thoughts on “Wine and Stories

  1. I really liked the staccato rhythm and the wandering/wondering as we do with wine.
    p.s. its 4 glasses usually – my husband always complained of sweet Israeli wine as a young man but things have improved since

    • Thank you very much, Laura.
      When I was younger, I thought I didn’t like wine because I’d only had that sweet Passover wine. We’re not religious, so we just choose whatever wine we want to drink for Passover.

  2. the ghosts leaving white blossom trails is so pretty and powerful at the same time. Lovely photos. The last one looks just like a place I used to like to stop on my bike rides when I lived in town.

      • You’re welcome. Yes. There is (or was, not sure if it’s still there or not) a willow tree down by the lake that we used to ride by when we were kids when my dad used to take us on bike rides. I took my own kids there as they were growing up on bike rides and continued over the years until I moved in 2011. Now I’m making new landmarks as I ride.

  3. Your closing stanza is killer, and the rhyme scheme is creative, giving the shape of the piece fascinating.

  4. Morning, afternoon, evening…no matter what time of day your musings are always something I look forward to. Your pictures are so gorgeous, Merrill. Two glasses of wine, four glasses of wine, who’s counting? Cheers!😉

  5. I really like what you did with the prompt, making it a poem of real life and not just words for a prompt. Well done. Sound like Passover is a very enjoyable time for your family.

  6. Your Quadrille is a toast to those we have loved and lost, Merril. I love the wistful lines:
    like ghosts
    white blossoms drift
    leaving trails . . .we follow.

  7. Lovely, thoughtful poem 🙂 We watched Mank and enjoyed it, although watching someone as much an alcoholic as Oldman played Mank always makes me feel queasy. I feel like I’m getting drunk just watching 😄

  8. A beautiful post. Thank you for sharing the photo. We were privileged to share a Seder meal with dear friends many years ago….when our children were very young. This brought back memories of these dear friends who the year after that meal, moved to New York City.

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