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BURGUNDY, by                    
First Line: Siege!
Last Line: On streaming blood-red burgundy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewys, Georges
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Grapes; Vines & Vineyards; Wine


Krupps roaring, belching death—
Flanders—Burgundy—sucking, feeding on bloodshed;
Manhood's breath
like blood-fed
Burgundy, wed
to murdered Liège———

Further siege!—
Turmoil. ....
Burgundy's soil
with bubbling gore,
and craving more———

Luscious grapes,
(Little child-shapes)
Rich ripe swelling grapes, from the vine,
Sent to the harvest, for wine,
To crash down the throats
of maddened throngs—
Then songs
And more rich red wine—a crimson sea,—
Laughter—cries—the twitch of
sodden throats—mad jubilee!—
Women carmine-lipped—white—
bosomed men—tongues set free
In amorous jest and ribaldry
On streaming blood-red Burgundy.

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