“This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
O Spain you dark spain
Bearer of Cervantes, Boabil, Lorca, and Picasso
Gypsy caves and carwash caravans
Huddling and high stepping
Over a torrent of rivers
Our civilized lights are shining
on your gatherings of blood.
Ghosts in graves
And Hemingway leaning across the
Telling Brett how to live and drink and live
Among the ash and sangria.
O Spain you dark spain of flamenco
and soft drinks
and hard governments
A soft shoe Don Juan
Dancing among windmills
Against the inquisition
Bull rings and silk skirts and fire.