Written for:  dVerse poets – Poetics:  Mixology in 33 words or less.
De here (aka WhimsyGizmo), and today I’d like us to mix our muses up a bit by throwing some pub and drinking terms in the blender:

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

Ah, but here’s the kicker: try to use these words in ways that have nothing to do with the bar scene, alcohol, or drinking. Use as many as you like; pour your poem as tall, short or neat as you like, and come back for another round.

And if none of these words or phrases speak to you, go prohibition on us: write anything you want. Just make it short enough to fit on a cocktail napkin. (Keep it at 33 words or less.)

Round and round,
on the rocks and off.
Kids felt tipsy.
Statues, next. Twist
’til you hear ‘FREEZE.’
Then, don’t stir. Straighten up,
you lose. Sour Billy lost,
hammered his fist on ground.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Games

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh! I love this take! Remember when kids played games that weren’t on screens? 😉

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  2. frankhubeny says:

    Nice use of words from the list.


  3. Works really well, and reminds me of spinning madly as a child.

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  4. You pack a lot of movement into this short poem and turn the booze phrases into something else entirely.


  5. Bev says:

    Bar terms applied to children’s game. Stroke of genius!


  6. Hurray for children’s games and those memories. Great take on the prompt.


  7. Oh… poor sour Billy… but I guess someone has to lose..

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  8. Truedessa says:

    ha I remember that game Statues, trying to stay perfectly still until someone else moved


  9. Miss Stacy says:

    aw, thanks for taking me back to my childhood!
    love your poem.


  10. lynn__ says:

    Fun response to prompt…brings back memories!


  11. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I love the fact that your words send me into a nostalgic mood 😀 Beautifully penned.

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  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Ha! That was a good one.

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