A recipe for joy

Unleash yourself on drunkenness —
let yourself be free and dance,
grow wings or hail the dark side of the moon.
Be drunk with swagger of the new found confidence
you find in mountain air or blues.

Unwind the ropes that tether you —
let flames ignite, be loose and swallow sun,
gown yourself in kelp and ride the surfs with whales.
Be drunk with everything and nothing that
you catch from fountains and in songs.

Undress your shackles, climb the trees —
let meadows in and waltz your hair,
grow sails and gondola or praise a blackbird’s song.
Be drunk on borrowed brightness that
you rainbow on a beam of joy.

Joy by Edith Vonnegut

Today we get drunk with Paul at dVerse. Join us at the bar with poetry on any topic relating to drunkenness.

February 20, 2018

44 responses to “A recipe for joy

  1. Great use of the imperative, Bjorn, which really got me going – especially ‘Be drunk with swagger of the new found confidence
    you find in mountain air or blues’
    and
    ‘gown yourself in kelp and ride the surfs with whales’.
    Such a joyful ending, too!

  2. This is so very pretty… how different scenes are brought into picture giving a perspective to the wanderings of an inebriated…. lovely!

  3. So much better to be drunk with rainbows, brightness of song, waltzing the wind, and capturing nature’s joy, totally avoiding hangovers!

  4. This is hot, hot, hot, Bjorn.

    “let flames ignite, be loose and swallow sun,
    gown yourself in kelp and ride”

    “Be drunk with everything and nothing”

    “Undress your shackles”

    This is STUNNING: “let meadows in and waltz your hair”

    I’ve been telling my husband how much I’m craving the club. Now I’m really gonna have to get him to take me dancing. I think he’s scared though. He knows I can get a bit out of control.

  5. The image is drunk enough to make the poem glow. Know where the cult of Dionysos took off? With slaves working the silver mines. The god was called Loosener. “Undress the shackles, climb the trees” indeedy. Great stuff –

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