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Pouring Wine

published by Evan Buckiewicz, in Prose and Poetry

Do you know how to pour a glass of wine?

The falling crimson liquid,

for a proper glass,

will never reach the brim.

Let it fill just past halfway,

making sure to stop at exactly the right point:

where the smooth, curved glass

begins its upwards arch.


Though for you, my dear,

I can’t help but fill the entire cup,

and keep pouring as it overflows;

tilting the bottle further and further

to the point where it’s facing down in a vertical line –

the glass coated in falling wine

a fountain of energy misspent,

staining the tablecloth

spilling out

until the bottle’s empty.

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