An Empty Bottle of Wine

For today’s prompt, write a touch poem.

An Empty Bottle of Wine

There’s always one more drop
after pouring the final glass
from a bottle smooth and heavy
still chilled from the fridge
as I turn it upside down
over my eager mouth

I don’t want to waste an ounce
not even a milliliter of this precious
liquid so I hold still and wait
It’s lip cold and hard
against mine chapped
in this pathetic kiss

How long can I stand here
craned neck — tongue poised
to collect the last droplets
creeping down the inner surface
before I tip from vinophile
to alcoholic

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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9 Responses to An Empty Bottle of Wine

  1. Lovely on the edge poem. “vinophile” nice one! My advice, get two bottles. Why torture yourself? You have to fall off the edge to know you were on it once, you’ve got to look up from the bottom to pay your poetic dues. I don’t mean to give you a push into the full monty of misery, I’m just saying. I would never get just one bottle of wine. But that’s me. I’m an extremist, a voluptuary. Elizabeth Taylor was a Goddess!! With some very big Diamonds!! A person should have a cellar full of wine. A vinophile would, I’m pretty sure. But one day at a time. LOL! Just teasing. Nice poem. I enjoyed it.

    On Sat, Apr 16, 2022 at 5:04 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” For today’s prompt, write a touch poem. An > Empty Bottle of Wine There’s always one more dropafter pouring the final > glassfrom a bottle smooth and heavystill chilled from the fridgeas I turn > it upside downover my eager mouth I don’t want to w” >

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  2. ivor20 says:

    My bottle is not empty yet!! … I’ll finish it off after dinner .. cheers🥂

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  3. Yes, well done, and nice “touch!” I also “pathetic kiss” line.

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