To Wine – An Incantation
O Effortless Discoverer! O Wine!
Two-Things-at-Once! Dark Sunshine! Old-but-Young!
Bestir to tripping dance the Muse of Rhyme
Great Uninhibitor, loosen her tongue
Send forth your shelt’ring leaves over my mind
Embrace with dappled shade the grapes of thought
Protect them from the light of Trying-to-Find
Lest nude in Reason’s burning glare they’re caught
For season after season we entrust
This treasure to the cave of rustic stone
As silently the ruby liquid dreams
Long slumb’ring in the cellar’s dark and dust
What secret mysteries to you were shown
By under-dwelling nymphs of chthonic streams?
O gen’rous partner in the poet’s art
Now set the pen in flight, and help me start!