Slava Olchevski

Rookie - 20 Points (1964 / St.Petersburg, Russia)

Price Of Wine - Poem by Slava Olchevski

When one decides what wine to buy
There is always a better alternative
But students were poor like mice in church
From the beginning of eternity

Only a student would eagerly spend
The last five bucks of his money
To buy a bottle or two for himself
And his beloved honey

Variety’s great, don’t be misled
Merlot, Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Port wine
But when you are with a girl in bed
You shall drink only Champagne

When you opt to pay 500 dollars
For a bottle of wine
You shall treat the liquid
As almost semi-divine

You sniff it and lick it
Preparing the taste-buds
For a special treatment
Before it gets consumed in your guts

It is the experts' opinion
And very high price
That sets up expectations
And primes your vice

I suppose you are not drinking it
Just to get drunk?
This is gonna score points
Like a well timed slam-dunk

Your friends and enemies
Will envy your game
Women will never
Treat you the same

And only when you are in your prime
Your kids have graduated from college
You will be ready to acquire
Some extraordinary knowledge

For you, my sire, I would recommend
To spend some change
And try a wine
In 5,000 dollar range

It's only the wealthiest
And wise with money
Can shell out so much
For a little winey

Who could have thought it?
That soil and time
Some amount of rain
And a lot of sunshine

Can produce that very
Special crop
That would sell
For 5,000 bucks a pop!

When you are dying
Or your health's in decline
Buy yourself
Some 50,000 dollar wine

Borrow, if necessary,
Sell your estate
But drink it, no chug it
Before it's too late!

And, finally, we have arrived at the secret…
And that secret is only mine
It is about special
1,000,000 dollar wine

It was a gift from Bacchus
Once in a lifetime…
I am the luckiest of mortals
Who sipped that drink divine

I don’t know what happened
But, I started my life again
With a lovely girl in bed
I am drinking cold Champagne!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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