Sunday, January 01, 2006

A Hymn To Champagne

Whenever I hear
that musical sound
of an oaken cork pop…

To my very knees like
a star struck rock groupie
I tend to quickly drop!

My heart begins to sing
My head beings to reel
My soul is captivated
My emotions are elevated...

And my Pavlovian mind
will begin to think

Ah! Champagne!


call it whatever you want...

You are indeed
The “French Kiss”
Of Alcoholic drink!

Oh! Delicious Champagne...
the supreme Aperitif
Tres Magnifique...

A winning combination
With strawberries
Potato chips
(or so said Marilyn Monroe
in the movie the 7 year itch)
and a variety of other food

A true beautifier just
As Mme Pompadour said
And I heartily concur
It is the only wine that
Makes a woman
or any man (after 2 am)
look good!

Even Napoleon drank champers
he said you want it for victory in battle
but if you lose, you NEED it...

No matter what the occasion or the price...
Champagne is most democratic ...a winning hit!

Be it Andre, Asti,
Rose, Cliquot or Cristal
it's a guaranteed
crowd pleaser for all!

As for me,
I’ll take a glass of
Liquid Stars
in Baccarat crystal
at any and every excuse of
an opportunity!

Be it
New Years Eve,
expressing good wishes on
a Wedding anniversary

or sometimes sipped while joyfully crying
during the toasting the birth of a new baby!

For congrats on finally earning
that coveted college degree

Or for just for the hell of it
when you feel like imbibing
at a Sunday brunch
or a fancy afternoon tea

it's the sure cure
for a broken heart'
(since after all Bette Davis herself said
it's the only thing that will help
sometimes in a woman's life)

Champagne is good for all women
in their emotional strife...

be we the lonely spinster
the jilted mistress
the rebellious daughter
or the ignored wife...

Champagne is great
for gloomy ruminating
or over the top joyful

For congratulations on snagging a
new job or promotion

or for jubilation...
for winning public office
(as Churchill may have done)

or perhaps, even better,
for a true victory...

winning the heart of your
particular object of lust...
for that sharing on that most sublime
night of seduction

Any event that includes Champagne
goes beyond the mundane…

For me, sipping
a champagne cocktail
just like the old time
"ladies who lunch"
says refinement
and elegance beyond compare…

its consumption is most appropriate
for any kind of afternoon delight
be it a licit
(or illicit? oh, the scandal!)

I'll just say no to any kind of drugs
preferring a Bellini and warm hugs!

I'll turn my nose up at
a single malt or gin
I’ll turn down a date with
Johnny Walker, Jim Beam
Or Jack Daniels
and I’ll also pass on Mr. Porter
and any other handcrafted microbrew beers

Don’t mix me up any kind of
a cosmopolitan
a G&T or a Martini
all those trendy concoctions
they bore me to tears

You can leave
those vodka shooters
for the sorority sisters
or the frat rats at Hooters

Although a nice Sherry or Port
is most tempting
But for sinful fun
(perhaps in a bath?)
Champagne is great
and no hung over next day repenting’

Forget Jose Cuervo
For it is you Champagne
Who is a sincere friend of mine

My darling Champagne
I will sip, consume
and love you Always…
Until the end of time!

So although "Charlie" isn't my name
Champagne (tea and poetry)
is still right for me...
They're good for
any time day or night
and in any century...

So, come, and join me
one and all
in the creative
drinkin' spree!

By Lady Cascadia used with the permission of the poet.
All rights reserved

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