Saturday, December 18, 2010

get drunk

Get Drunk! 

One should always be drunk. That's all that matters; 
that's our one imperative need. So as not to feel Time's 
horrible burden, one which breaks your shoulders and bows 
you down, you must get drunk without cease. 
But with what? 
With wine, poetry, or virtue 
as you choose. 
But get drunk. 
And if, at some time, on steps of a palace, 
in the green grass of a ditch, 
in the bleak solitude of your room, 
you are waking and the drunkenness has already abated, 
ask the wind, the wave, the stars, the clock, 
all that which flees, 
all that which groans, 
all that which rolls, 
all that which sings, 
all that which speaks, 
ask them, what time it is; 
and the wind, the wave, the stars, the birds, and the clock, 
they will all reply: 
"It is time to get drunk! 
So that you may not be the martyred slaves of Time, 
get drunk, get drunk, 
and never pause for rest! 
With wine, poetry, or virtue, 
as you choose!"


      -Charles Baudelaire



*thanks to Giorgos, Hairo and Anna for sharing baudy Greek jokes, roast goat and some good wine apo bareli around a taverna table one magical evening in Neochori

13 comments:

  1. Best of days, in great company! May your Holidays be Merry and Warm!

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  2. gorgeous photo and hilarious poem! wherever you are i hope your Christmas is merry xx

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  3. Oh how those people are right up my alley. They look like such a fun group!

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  4. There is nothing quite so special as sharing a glass (or two) of wine with friends on another continent... We laughed ourselves silly in Paris under similar circumstances.

    Bises,
    G

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  5. Cheers and best holiday wishes!! xx

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  6. This has got to be the photo of the year!

    Like a moment straight out of "Never on Sunday" with Melina Mecuori, how could you capture more appropriately the whole scene that evening?

    The Greek men were eclipsed by Haino and her jokes.
    I felt honored to be in her company, and yes, a bit of wine always helps release the storyteller's tongue.

    Makes me smile...big time.

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  7. lovely.

    merry merry christmas amanda to you and yours!

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  8. What wise words ... I suppose we all try to forget about the passage of t ime. Time can be so cruel but I try not to think about it too much :)

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  9. rosaria - thanks, and the same to you my dear!!

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    val - it is quite the raucous poem -- just my style!

    happy happy to you and yours♡

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    yoli - you cannot imagine how crazy this group was........such a fun night!

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  10. genie - and i would love to hear those parisian stories sometime.........!

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    tess - same to you dear willow♡

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    sister - i felt honored to be in her company too -- it's a rare opportunity to watch someone with her gift for humor and storytelling in action.

    love and hugs and still savoring wonderful memories of our grecian odyssey!

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  11. lori - ....and the same to you dear friend♡♡

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    loree - it's probably best not to think about time too much --- just celebrate those spaces in between!!

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    anita - yes. carpe diem indeed! ;-)

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  12. Love, love, love this picture! Makes me wish that I was a smoker . . . also makes me think of my husband, who drank a little too much last night at our drinks party and had to take a little nap on the bathroom floor.

    I'm not much of an alcohol drinker, but I try to be a bit Baudelaurian in my thirst for all the good things in life. Cheers!

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