Because he liked that lost sensation,
(that loss-of-memory elation
that comes from excess of libation)
he nightly staged that transformation
that ended all his perturbation,
thereby taking a  vacation
from the quest for information
to seed his novel’s inspiration.

As he imbibed in a rash ration
of this liquid excitation,
it also raised the consternation
of friends of long association
who watched the sad continuation
of his fine mind’s alteration
as he drank to satiation
and finally, to his tale’s cessation.

Ernest Hemingway on the topic of whiskey:

“Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.”

The prompt word today was “Transformation.”

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

9 thoughts on “Hemingway

  1. gc

    Bravo. Papa Hemmingway is raising a glass in your honor Judy. Cheers. Anyone who can chug a glass of beer at 5 a.m. and produce thought provoking works as he did should be toasted and saluted. Great work. 🙂

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  2. gc

    Hic. I’ll drink to that. I remember also imbibing whenever I had a tough news story to write to a deadline. The more I gulped down the more the words seemed to flow. All was right with the world UNTIL the writing ended and the hangover began. I did not go back and bite the hair of the dog. Slogged through the next few days beary eyed but content. 🙂 Cheers Judy.

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      1. hirundine608

        Thanks, Judy. Not sure what anejo rum is? I don’t drink anymore. Leastwise, I try not to. I wish to keep my liver around, since I have other health issues. …. sigh! When I do drink alcohol it’s usually beer. I have 4 craft breweries within a mile and there are plenty more here in the peninsula. So, I do not lack for temptations. I know Mr. Hemingway had the reputation for being “manly”. That’s always been trivial for me. Loved the poem though, like many others. Cheers Jamie

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