January 01, 2021

Tenders of the Vine



Tenders of the Vine

You, Bordeaux, are a friend
In misfortune, and in sorrow,
Ready to serve, today, tomorrow,
Always faithful to the end.
– Alexander Pushkin, Yevgeny Onegin (IV.46)

A table stands in the center of a flawless lawn, along the shore of a mirror-smooth lake. A gentleman is sitting at the table with his lady friend. They seem entirely unbothered by the frequent droplets of light rain that drip down the collar of the gentleman’s red sweatshirt, plunge into his lady’s revealing neckline, and plink into their wine glasses.

It is ten in the morning, and the imperturbable couple is enjoying a chardonnay breakfast.


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