The Palm Wine Tapper

Posted: September 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

imaginary garden Flash 55 PLUS! Imagined By “consider the artworks of the Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician known as Twins Seven Seven.You may peruse his work on WikiArt.Org.”


Wisdom it is to drink the wine

to levitate the heart,

make merry the spirit,

scatter the cares and woes,

celebrate the good

of life occasionally

but folly follows the fool

who drowns all cares

it shall be a curse to thee.

Let wisdom rule

in a cup of cheer

praises to the palm tapper.



  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    That’s gorgeously phrased, like something scriptural, or handed down from the elders.

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  2. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I really like the way you have juxtaposed the folly and wisdom in these lines, and the inclusion of the palm-tapper’s wine.

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  3. The folly might follow the fool, but wisdom is always very close… love how you used the title of the painting more than the painting itself.


    • Jim says:

      Giving credit to the wine, then the palm tapper. Nice narration, Debi. In real life I’d rather he’d have tapped a maple tree for syrup and tapped the coconut for the wine. We would all cheer these two. In another life, as a college dropout, I had time to “socialize”. My friend did not drop out and lived with his uncle. Before we would go out in the evenings we would ‘tap’ his wine kegs in the basement for about a quart, sometimes two, of wine to bring along. Generally cut it with Seven-Up.


  4. Wow! Sounds like an ancient scroll.


  5. Let wisdom rule
    in a cup of cheer
    praises to the palm tapper.

    They serve a purpose in providing what little pleasure to tired bones to quench their sorrows in the bush after a hard day’s work! Gret lines debi!


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  6. Misky says:

    “levitate the heart,” I really like that, Debi.

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  7. hedgewitch says:

    I really love the opening lines, and the graceful feel of an old tale or parable you give this, making it feel like both poetry and folklore. Excellent extrapolation from the visuals of that painting.

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