As we enter the funnel of the holidays, please to enjoy the poem below by John Ash from the Atlanta Review Spring/Summer 2006 (12:2):
A great Turkish poet,
or at least a great poet who lived
in Turkey (for he wrote in Persian)
once said: "Being sober is not living."
This has occasioned much commentary,
but it is my belief that he drank copiously,
albeit in a disciplined fashion,
and the wine he speaks of should not be
though he may have felt that through it
he approached God. He was, after all,
a charming and honest person who wrote
affectionate letters to his daughter-in-law.
As to the distinctions Jew, Muslim,
Christian, they meant nothing to him.
In this book let him be praised.
Jordan - #