Lethal Cocktail

from by Peggy Pegworth

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I got drunk with a dark, handsome poet after Poetry Unplugged and one thing lead to another.


I've been dedicated to research
In search of the ultimate high
Testing various cocktails
And there's one you shouldn't try.

Wine before beer
Will make you feel queer
Take your beer before the wine
And you'll feel just fine

And they say never mix
The grapes and the grains
Take it shaken not stirred
And drink it like James.

But some can mix drinks
Like others mix beats
So it ain't just wine
That'll lose your sleeps.

It starts with some wine
Maybe just a droplet
And then a fine rhyme
Maybe just a couplet.

But it always leads to the harder stuff
And just one verse is never enough
A cheeky sonnet, just one for the road
But take it with wine and it's overload.

So to make you feel better
You share it with a friend
Unaware he's gonna come
To a lyrical end

He swallows it down
Like a vintage barrel
Now he's making up words
Like a proper Lewis Carroll.

Soon you're knocking back literary volumes
And waking up speechless in libraries and bedrooms
You can't remember the words that were said
That went straight to your poetical head.

It's a dangerous mix and you've had your warnings
But when you've had to write off too many Monday mornings
And some decadent poet offers you a line
Just think twice about mixing poetry, and wine.


from Lethal Cocktails, released September 21, 2016
Words: Peggy Pegworth
Music: Hamilton Lee



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I write about narrowboats, addictions and failed love affairs. When I was a performance poet in London I was part of a poetry gang called The Radge Poets.

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