Wine in Winter

iPad Mini Photo of the Hudson taken from the New Jersey Shore on February 28, 2015

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Yesterday the New York Time’s third editorial bemoaned this winter’s onslaught with the heading “This Winter Has Gotten Old.” How old, indeed!

Consider that the Greek Lyric Poet Alcaeus, who flourished in the late 7th – early 6th Century BC, wrote a descriptive poem which I transliterated with the title “Wine in Winter” and which I’ve given below for you to savor. Of course, we nowadays have different ways of combating our winters, but the Hudson River has still frozen over to remind us that Nature is still calling the shots.

Upon us Zeus rains,
And out the wintry heaven
A mighty storm descends,
And rivulets are frozen…….

Combat the winter, lay
the log upon the ingle,
And (don’t be niggardly!)
The honeysweet wine commingle,
Placing about your brow
A soft and fleecy pillow.

Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2015

4 thoughts on “Wine in Winter

    1. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve collected six months of my writings as “Azim Lewis Mayadas Blog [January – June 2015]: some of my thoughts, written down – vol. 1” with Dark Green Cover that is now available via Amazon.
      PS: An earlier unformatted version of the 106-page book with Light Green Cover was supposed to have been deleted by Amazon end-June, but it still carries it despite my complaint last week, causing some confusion. I’ve since been assured that the faulty issue has been removed, but I felt it was important that my disclaimer should be made public, especially to those who have commented favorably on my blogs so as to avoid any untoward purchase of the earlier version – thanks!
      PPS: The forthcoming Volume 2 (July – December 2015) will I hope not suffer from the glitch that the release of Volume 1 suffered from at the time of rollout last month.

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