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The Rhyme Maker

S. H. Bass
b. 1956

Theme:   Love and Romance

Special Rhyme List:    Now That's Funny!
                                                  Copyrighted poetry

Author's Note:
When researching wine poetry, one encounters the myths and legends of antiquity. This is my ode to them.

Apollo, among other areas of domain, was the god of poetry.  He hung out with the Muses, nine goddesses in charge of inspiring poetry.  They liked the lyre.

Bacchus has in his entourage the Maenads, seductive women who could turn violent at the drop of a hat (or grape leaf crown).  Satyrs, sometimes depicted as half man/half goat, were also part of the Bacchants and were known to seduce many a fair woodland nymph with their flutes and smooth talk.  Cymbals and tambourines were the favorite noise makers of Bacchus’ crew.

A Siren is a sea nymph that would lure passing sailors into the rocky shore from which they sang their seductive song.

Eros (Greek) is more widely known by his Roman counterpart, Cupid.

nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does the wine will burst the skins - from the Christian scriptures (Mark 2:22)
- S. H. Bass  

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Translations into English Verse:
Hymn To Beauty by Charles Baudelaire
The Wine Of Lovers by Charles Baudelaire
The Wine Of The Murderer by Charles Baudelaire
The Wine Of The Rag-Pickers by Charles Baudelaire
The Wine Of The Solitary by Charles Baudelaire
Over the past year I've given up by Cecci Angiolieri
Three Clusters Of Grapes by Giovanni Pascoli

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S. H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet

Drunk on your new wine
I have wobbled a dance,
Slurred out a song.
Yet with each misstep
with each false word
Closer to the truth of you . . . of me . . . of us.

Are you Muse or Maenad?
Cup-bearer of light
Or wine’s Siren call?
Afflatus or Coquette?

Am I Satyr or Poet?
Bearer of the beguiling flute
Or the veridical pen?
Lothario or Sage?

Is this true love
Or this moment’s desire . . .
Or the arrows of Eros at play?

These gods, they be tricksters,
Jealous and proud . . .
Perhaps the conjunctions fey.

Muse and Maenad.
Poet and Satyr.
Apollonian and Bacchant.

What good be more gods
If not homage to all?
The arrows of Eros be damned!

Let us dare this new wine
Into old wine skins.
In the spillage we’ll dance
(with a cymbals and lyres)
A Bacchanalian minuet!

from Bottled Poetry: Verses From The Vine, edited by Stephen H. Bass (Robinsonville, MS: Spilt Wine Publishing Co., 2013).  © 2013 Stephen H. Bass. All rights reserved.  Posted at with the permission of Stephen H. Bass.

S. H. Bass (b. 1956):  Stephen H. Bass is an American writer/poet.  The webmaster of vintagewinepoems.comhis  fingers are typing these words.  He will now switch to the first person - singular.

To call myself a “writer” is a heralding of avocation rather than occupation, although wielding a creative “pen in hand” has always been an ancillary part of my earning a living. While creating plans and content for the various communications needs of a business entity is not exactly the stuff of the creative writer, the challenges of simplifying the complex, enlivening the mundane, celebrating the everyday . . . this is the “stuff” of all successful communications – from the sonnet to the business memorandum.

The stereotype of the struggling young artist “waiting tables” as he plugs away at his craft in his “off-hours”, is a template that lays over my life quite nicely (if not snuggly) - for some forty years now. The tables I currently wait upon are covered with green felt rather than a checkered tabled cloth, my current occupation being that of a floor supervisor in the table games department of a casino.   Other tables I have “waited on” include the retail sales counter, the salesman’s cubbyhole, and the manager’s desk - with an extended period as a manager of a local wine shop.  As for the “struggling young artist” title:  I am still “struggling”, along with the rest of middle-class America.  I feel young!  I am, however, old enough to realize that “artist” is a title best conveyed upon one rather than claimed for oneself. 

I have some things to say:  some thoughts to share, some stories to tell - you should be hearing from me.  is but a whisper, a “Psst - hey buddy . . . .” from a darkened alleyway. 
- S. H. Bass   

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