some little talk awhile of me and thee

Happy Father's Day, everybody.

Maybe later I'll make a post about Idol registration. It was an interesting and highly surreal experience.

I was awake for about thirty-six hours, and just woke up around midnight. I'll be up all day; Mom and sisters are coming down to visit. We're going to the grocery store, maybe get lunch somewhere. I want to play them the full "dead man" trilogy--but the ghost, dead man's blues, and don't forget. Then I want us all to watch that Dead Man's Gun episode Dad liked, "The Impostor." So good. If you ever see that show on reruns, watch it. It's like a Twilight Zone set in the old west.

To kick off the festivities, Dave and I opened up a bottle of wine from my birth year. It was one of the few mementos I have from Elmer's. It's a Riesling, and all the better for its age. When we drank the first toast, Dave said he finally understood why people are so crazy about wine.

As I always do when I drink wine, I read poetry. Today is my perennial favorite, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Here's a sample to whet your whistle:

XXX
What, without asking, hither hurried Whence?
And, without asking, Whither hurried hence!
Oh, many a Cup of this forbidden Wine
Must drown the memory of that insolence!

XXXI
Up from Earth's Centre through the Seventh Gate
rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate;
And many a Knot unravel'd by the Road;
But not the Master-knot of Human Fate.

XXXII
There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was--and then no more of Thee and Me.

4 comments:

Lorena said...

Hey, hope your day went as planned. I don't drink wine. I don't like it, but I wish I did.

My fundy husband is the wine drinker in this couple. You go figure!

longview22 said...

I don't like wine either, but that shit we had in our fridge was quite amazing (I am Dave). I think it has to be aged 20+ years for it to be tasty, because I've disliked other wine I've had.

Lorena said...

Dave,

LOL! It's hilarious because husband and I are really cheap, so of course, we buy cheap wine.

I'm thinking that I don't like wine because I've never really tried a good one.

longview22 said...

Yeah, grocery store wine doesn't even taste like how wine is supposed to taste. I had no idea till we busted out the good stuff. Unfortunately, we were lucky to inherit that bottle, and buying another one would run us at least 50 bucks. Or, we could just buy a grocery store Riesling and wait 20-25 years. :-D