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S. H. Bass
Theme: Love and Romance
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A Sonnet Sequence
An Altar Boy's Lament
To White Zinfandel
Our Vintage Years
Wine and Black Coffee
In The Wine
Poet's Wine (a prose poem)
Can Be Said About Both Wine And Poetry
is . . .
Knows No Winter
Thy Name Is Woman
Translations into English Verse:
To Beauty by Charles
Wine Of Lovers
by Charles Baudelaire
Wine Of The Murderer by Charles
Wine Of The Rag-Pickers by Charles
Wine Of The Solitary
by Charles Baudelaire
the past year I've given up by Cecci
Clusters Of Grapes
by Giovanni Pascoli
with bread – Sell with cheese
H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet
with bread – sell with cheese”
the wine merchant’s solemn vow.
mantra when filling his storeroom
strategy for emptying it Now.
good advice for life, you see
clean palate that we seek
from the cheese of our expectations
business it speaks to the choices we make
to shaping the choices of others.
outside this realm
on more intimate themes,
find that wine is the cheese of lovers.
fell in love with the shadow of you
by the brightest of hopes, with cheese:
with a fine Burgundy,
complements your curves, your moves, your
you frowns seem smiles to me.
if only a coffee on that night we met,
cleanse the palate of my brain
clear the effect of all that cheese . . .
wine is made for hearts, not minds,
you were made, that night, for me.
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 vintagewinepoems.com with the permission
Stephen H. Bass.
H. Bass (b. 1956): Stephen
H. Bass is an American writer/poet. The webmaster of
fingers are typing these words. He will now switch to the
person - singular.
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.
stereotype of the struggling young artist
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”
retail sales counter, the salesman’s cubbyhole, and the manager’s desk
- with an extended period as a manager of a local wine shop.
the “struggling young artist” title: I am still “struggling”,
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.
have some things to say: some thoughts to share, some stories
to tell - you should be hearing from me. vintagewinepoems.com
is but a whisper, a “Psst - hey buddy . . . .”
from a darkened
- S. H. Bass
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