Laurie Van der Hart


Red, Red Wine - Poem by Laurie Van der Hart

Who has woe?
Who has uneasiness?
Who has quarrels?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason?
Who has bleary eyes?
Those lingering long over wine;
Those searching out mixed wine
Do not look at the wine's red color
As it sparkles in the cup
And goes down smoothly,
For in the end
It bites like a serpent,
And it secretes poison like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will speak perverse things
And you will be like one lying down
In the middle of the sea,
Like one lying at the top of a ship's mast.
You will say: "They have struck me,
But I did not feel it.
They beat me,
But I did not know it.
When will I wake up?
I need another drink

Topic(s) of this poem: alcohol, bible, social comment, wine, addiction


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is not my poem. It is a passage from the book of Proverbs chapter 23 in the Bible. I have seen how alcohol can ruin people's lives, and how difficult it is to break free from alcohol addiction. But it is possible.

Comments about Red, Red Wine by Laurie Van der Hart

  • Bill Cantrell (4/23/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    Oh yes, the is poetry all through Gods word (Report)Reply

    Laurie Van Der Hart(4/23/2018 11:22:00 PM)

    Absolutely! I was going to use some of these thoughts in a poem, then decided to just post it as is. Wise counsel, not so?

    Bill Cantrell(4/23/2018 12:14:00 PM)

    Typo...there is..

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2018

Poem Edited: Monday, April 23, 2018


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