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Drinking Alone With the Moon

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“Drinking Alone Under the Moon,” by Li Bo Among the flowers, a single jug of wine; I drink alone. No one close to me. I raise my cup, invite the bright moon; facing my shadow, together we make three. The moon doesn’t know how to drink; and my shadow can only follow my body. But […]

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“i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are […]

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The Flirtation :: Eugène de Blaas

The Flirtation by Eugene de Blaas 1909 an oil painting in a private collection

Must, bid the Morn awake! Sad Winter now declines, Each bird doth choose a mate; This day’s Saint Valentine’s. For that good bishop’s sake Get up and let us see What beauty it shall be That Fortune us assigns. — Michael Drayton oil painting: The Flirtation by Eugène de Blaas (1909). private collection.

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The Way I See It #138

photograph of a hand pouring red wine out of a green bottle into a wine glass in the candle light. in the background there are other glasses filled with red wine.

 The good life is the middle way, Between ambition and compassion, Between action and reflection, Between company and solitude, Between hedonism and abstinence, Between passion and judgement, Between the cup of coffee, and the glass of wine. Jay McInerney Jay McInerney is author of Bright Lights,BigCity, Bacchus and Me and A Hedonist in the Cellar […]

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The Great Wave Off Kanagawa / The Rough Sea

The most famous Japanese woodblock print of a great wave of the coast of Japan with Mount Fuji in the background

the rough sea stretching out towards Sado the Milky Way Matsuo Bashō (1689) Woodblock print by Hokusai Haiku by Matsuo Bashō

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Lake Zurich

landscape oil painting of Lake Zurich by Jan Hackart

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”  —  e.e. cummings painting: Lake Zurich by Jan Hackart

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A Visit From Saint Nicholas :: Clement Clarke Moore

A oil painting of Santa Claus and a rosy cheeked, golden haired child

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And […]

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Paul Revere’s Ride

Oil painting by John Singleton Copley of Paul Revere

Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft […]

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I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed

oil painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - In Fairyland (1897)

I taste a liquor never brewed, From tankards scooped in pearl; Not all the vats upon the Rhine Yield such an alcohol! Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue. When landlords turn the drunken bee Out of the foxglove’s door, When butterflies renounce […]

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L’Ame du Vin

oil painting L'Ame du Vin by Carlos Schwabe

Un soir, l’âme du vin chantait dans les bouteilles: “Homme, vers toi je pousse, ô cher déshérité, Sous ma prison de verre et mes cires vermeilles, Un chant plein de lumière et de fraternité! Je sais combien il faut, sur la colline en flamme, De peine, de sueur et de soleil cuisant Pour engendrer ma […]

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