I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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9 February 2017


Sailing straight-up,
but caught
in stormy passion,
too soon tilted tipsy –
went hurtling three sheets to the wind
shaken, twisted, hammered
by dirty rain and whiskey-coloured ocean,
to crash on the rocks: kamikaze.

De Jackson at dVerse Poetics: Muse Mixocology asks for 33 words or less, some of which must be from this alcohol-related list – but we must use them in some other way/s:

shaken stirred rum sour whiskey last call
elixir on the rocks straight up twist round chaser
back dirty proof tumbler three sheets to the wind
tie one on shots hammered tipsy hair of the dog
absinthe vesper tonic kamikaze spritzer
tie one on liquid courage name your poison drown your sorrows
wet your whistle


  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who "went there" with this list. :) Your awesome poem makes me feel much better.

    1. Love your secret title, by the way. :P

  2. The alliteration and word bump here make me so happy, Rosemary:
    "too soon tilted tipsy"

    Love this whip-smart piece.

  3. shaken, twisted, hammered
    by dirty rain and whiskey-coloured ocean,
    to crash on the rocks: kamikaze.

    This is absolutely awe-inspiring Rosemary!!❤️

  4. I love the whiskey-coloured Ocean!

  5. The way you use the sky and the ocean as a metaphor for shipwrecked beings works so very well...

  6. Oh! Succumbing, dirty rain and stormy passion... What an evocative poem! ;)

  7. Interesting description of a metaphorical shipwreck.

  8. Great poem of moment before the fall