Tipsy-Tuesday-Wine-A-Vindication-LiWBFTipsy Tuesday: Wine: A Vindication

That’s right! This is the day! Tipsy Tuesday is back.

In last month’s edition of Tipsy Tuesday, we highlighted a poem by Chinese poet Li Qingzhao called Intoxicated Under the Shadow of Flowers and you all loved it! This week, I have yet another poetic masterpiece to share with you by yet another poet from the mid-Tang dynasty.

His name is Li Bai (born in 701 during the Golden Age of China) and in his poem, Wine: A Vindication, the reader can clearly see how much he loves what he calls the nectar of the gods. Being a wine lover, I can fully appreciate a writer who grasps the magic of the essence of wine and then takes that aura and translates the sensations into a kick ass poem like this one. Extra kudos for the historical value since this poem was written thousands of years ago.

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Wine: A Vindication

A Poem by Li Bai

If heaven loved not the wine,

If heaven loved not the wine,

A Wine Star would not be in heaven;

If earth loved not the wine,

The Wine Spring would not be on the earth.

Since heaven and earth love the wine,

Need a tippling mortal be ashamed?

The transparent wine, I hear,

Has the soothing virtue of a sage,

While the turgid is rich, they say,

As the fertile mind of the wise.

Both the sage and the wise were drinkers,

Why seek for peers among gods and goblins?

Three cups open the grand door to bliss;

Take a jugful, the universe is yours.

Such is the rapture of the wine,

That the sober shall never inherit.

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