We’re in the dog days of summer, and I think we can all agree we feel like we are in some real dog days politically and socially as well.
I started to think about rosé on two levels.
On the surface, it is a charming, beautiful, beguiling, and refreshing summer drink. It is something that has become something of a trend and phenomenon, especially amongst women and the queer community.
But on a deeper level, rosé began to take on more meaning for me. It is a genre-breaking and line blurring alternative between red and white wine, something you can drink during in the afternoon or at midnight, something that feels almost magic and escapist, something that transports you from the mundane into the fantastic, but is also totally approachable. I mean, they even sell it in cans these days.
Some of the inspiration for this poem comes from my own imagination and my feelings about feminism and our current political climate. Some references come from great haiku masters and from the words of Clarissa Pinkola Estés in Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Some of the cheekier references were catalyzed by my admiration for the unbelievably good Peeno Noir music video by Titus Burgess. If you haven’t watched it, you absolutely must.
Please enjoy, and let me know what you think of this new take on a summer rooftop classic.
Rosé is a lifestyle
Every sip a miracle
Looking at this world through eyes
Veiled by peony petals
Rosé is peachy
Juicy in her diamond chalice
And yet never preaching —
Much more subtle than a phallus
Rosé is perfect pink.
Come to think — vaginas too —
While our dewy flowers bloom
Their balls just turn… blue
Rosé is ambrosia,
An old fable mother told you
But instead of some Prince Charming —
Suckling berries, quite disarming
Rosé is Resistance
Search the dark web, you will find
The president has never sipped
On her nectar, so divine
Rosé is wildlike
Stays up late, howls at mauve moons
Sits with splayed legs on bare earth
Beside queens in silk doubloons
You, like rosé, are timeless.
Free from tyranny of night or day
Let forest nymphs on lyres proclaim:
Oui! Bien sûr! Yes way, rosé.
Watch the video where I drink rosé all over the country here:
Lisa Ann Markuson (nom de plume/DJ name: L.A. Marks) is the co-founder of The Haiku Guys + Gals. She is a Poet Ambassador for Bowery Poetry, produces myriad media and film projects, adores feminism, and eats almost exclusively sushi to fuel her in messing with every system she possibly can. She travels extensively — no one knows where she lives. However, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lisaannmarkuson and @thehaikuguys.