|The Rhyme Maker
S. H. Bass
Theme: Praising Wine
Rhyme List: Now That's Funny!
my married days, there would always be a bottle of White Zinfandel in
the refrigerator smiling bashfully next to my bottle of “good
wine”. I thought it might be fun to write an ode to the wine
loved to hate, and thereby poke a little fun at my ex-wife.
honesty of pen-in-hand winning out, I recalled those nights when my
“good wine” would be all gone, and only the blush remained.
poem became an ode to haughty wine connoisseurs everywhere.
passed away a several years ago. There was no “ex” in my
feelings of loss. In remembrance of one of my dearest
well-timed wry smile could be the most effective reality check a
dreamy poet could ever receive, I still on occasion “have another”.
– S. H.
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A Sonnet Sequence
An Altar Boy's Lament
With Bread . . . Sell With Cheese
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
To White Zinfandel
H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet
the hue of sunset
blush upon the clouds
off-beat crayon in my crayon box
for mass appeal.
depth – No character”
light – Too fruity”
red. Not white.
even a rose
poet’s staple rhyme).
color born of embarrassment
innocence . . . not time.
first goblet gone
it was quick that she contrived)
flavors linger, no floral scent
even the buzz survived.
simple pleasure to end the day
questions to ponder.
young lover too young to love,
think I’ll have another.
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.
S. H. Bass (b. 1956):
H. Bass is an American writer/poet. The
webmaster of vintagewinepoems.com, his
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.
The 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
thirty-six 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.
I have some
say: some thoughts to share, some stories to tell - you
hearing from me. vintagewinepoems.com is but a
“Psst - hey buddy . . . .” from a darkened
- S. H. Bass
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SONNET'S from the PORTUGUESE by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
with an introduction and notes by Stephen H. Bass
from the Porte-Cochère
by S. H. Bass