Guinness Soliloquy

The only poem about Guinness i know is this sonnet i have written, which if it is the only sonnet about Guinness, means it is the best sonnet about Guinness (he says with bated breath & a head full of self-delusion,& stout, haha). Mine’s a pint.

 

Guinness Soliloquy

This white minded dark creature, bitterly
misunderstood— you turn us inside out
: we sing, we dance, we love, better.
Undoubtedly Jungian: its Nigredo & Anima
tryst in the fluid suspense of pulmonary yeast
on the cusp of a kiss in a crop of burning barley,
the breasting flames hop in between them
& sundered, tatter into morning-after
bottom growls & frequent trips to the lavatory
between petting & foreplay, learn
each other from the roast of raw morning breath.
If Lao Tzu was around to see the stout
figure stacked in a pint glass, he’d have seen
& gulping, tasted the essence of philosophy.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. There must be a limerick or two! I kept trying to force that meter onto this while reading…

    1. Any luck forcing it on? i think the sonnet would be uncompromising if asked to whittle itself to a limerick. i haven’t actually searched Guinness poems, there must be some.

      1. None… If you ever find yourself in Ireland, they’d have no difficulty spinning one up on the spot.

  2. angela1313 says:

    I for one think it’s bloody good. Anyone who can get Lao Tzu and Guinness into the same piece and make it seem perfectly logical must have been inspired. The only flaw is now I want one.

    1. i can just see Lao Tzu studying the Guinness he’s been given as it settles, wide eyes like a kid. Then you asking the translator to explain to him that it is a meal, in a glass, that gets you drink & after listening attentively he downs the whole pint in one & falls back off his chair. You say “seem perfectly logical” i’m worried i sound like a Sophist now, hahaha.

      1. angela1313 says:

        I’d love to be a drunken immortal. Thanks.

  3. robert okaji says:

    Now this is a poem I can lift a glass to! And will, in a few hours.

    1. Get inspired by the white mind of the dark creature my friend, by that most philosophical of draughts.

      1. robert okaji says:

        It is the foundation of civilization!

      2. A Pantisocracy build on a Guinness philosophy perhaps?

      3. robert okaji says:

        Yes, what else could it be?

      4. Well that must be one of those rhetorical questions.

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