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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

When the spirit is strong and the flesh is willing : Haiku #19


Buckfast Tonic Wine
mainstay of the needy monks
too potent for the secular.

19 comments:

Kass said...

Perfection in the potency of this Haiku!
"Needy" monks - chuckle.
Brings to mind a visual of secretive, wild behavior behind closed walls that we never get to see or hear about.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Dave, years ago I wrote this:

Autumn's new wine, "Novello",
the velvet stepping forward
of tiger's paws.

David Cranmer said...

:)

Ronda Laveen said...

I'd want to save that wine for myself too:-)

McGuire said...

I know hunners of people who drink the tonie all the time. It's the tonic of Glasgow youth, Glasgow neds, and general malcontent. Personally, I've only ever drank it a few times, and it is so sickly sweet, I really can't handle it.

Big in our news recently, for the buckfast bottle is used as a weapon of assault. I've had one over my head myself actually, couple of stitches, few years ago.

Those Monks, can't hold them responsible...maybe God? ;)

PurestGreen said...

Love this. Have been writing haiku poems in the evenings, to record my day. It's very soothing.

Helen said...

Me too! I love this! Every Christmas I order fruitcakes for family members from a monastery in Berryville, Virginia ... Your Haiku has provided me with a 'wonderful' image of these monks as they pour brandy on their masterpieces ........

willow said...

Hmm...pour me a glass, please!

steven said...

dave a sniff of that would be good for me right now. i love the trappist beer from a small nastery in holland. those boys know what the lay person requires when the spiritual world is at more than arm's length!!!! steven

Tara McClendon said...

If I were a monk, I'd be needing some tonic wine.

Cloudia said...

Nice, Dave



Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Rachel Fenton said...

You're on a haiku bender, Dave!

Elisabeth said...

I'm not sure what buckfast tonic is but it sounds pretty potent if the minks can enjoy it and it's too strong for the rest of us.

Wonderful images here in the words. they contrast the secular and the Religious, heaven and hell, spiritual and ordinary and all that awesome stuff. Thanks Dave.

Dave King said...

Thanks all
I must admit I thus indulged myself, Kass,
although mainstay was intended to apply to the coffers,
I'll join you Ronda!

Interesting thought McGuire, I suppose the buck stops with Him! Responsible but not culperable, eh?

Love it Helen!
I'm sure Steven!
Welcome Tara and thanks!
Thanks Elizabeth. It's a tonic wine.

Barefoot Dreamer said...

too potent..... hmmmmm

Renee said...

Dave I laughed at the 'I don't really know me.' I am going to use that from now on too.

xoxox

Barry said...

A Haiku with rare spirit Dave.

And if you're pouring samples.....

Dave King said...

Barefoot Dreamer
Welcome - and many thanks for stopping by to comment.

Renee
Thanks again.

Barry
Now there's a thought...

Raj said...

doses of wit n wisdom.
needy monks need wine. hmm.