Thursday, June 16, 2016

Whiskey and Roses--By Dan Tharp--United States

Whiskey and Roses

Some days are made for war, whiskey and roses
and don't forget to throw in
an Irish love song of heart break.

Some days, the prairie blossoms and 
wine won't get to the bottom
of your sorrows like the burn of 
whiskey or the scourge of thorns.

She would raise a toast to a heart broken
in the sweetest place; proclaim prosit,
turn that tumbler and drink it dry...

forsaking the delicate allure of the more fragile flowers
and the sweet charismatic aroma of the wine
before it teases the taste buds.

I, for one, would join her for a shot of whiskey; 
raise a toast to an Irish ditty and --

drop a rose on the counter
in payment.

Dan Tharp is the author of four books of poetry, 3 of which are in chapbook form... Side by Side, Yielding Desire to Fate, A Season Made for Wondering and A Rose in the Briar Patch. Dan resides in Southern California.


  1. I really enjoyed this celebration of human spirit Dan. You have a way of pulling the reader into your poem and almost making them a participant. I loved this! Aloha, Connie

  2. I was into it from beginning to end, but that second stanza is what really blew me away. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Poppy. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. This one put a warm smile on my face, Dan. Very well-written and nicely done. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. What a fun poem, Dan. I so enjoyed the lively spirit of it.
    Thank you for posting.