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The Voices in The Refrigerator

The Voices in The Refrigerator

written by: George Gad Economou


I always keep at least three bottles of white wine
in the refrigerator, even when I spend days drinking
whiskey and gin; the wine’s there to remind me that,
even during the darkest hangovers, going through life
dry is not worth it. a dry decade cannot compare to a night of intoxication.

the wine talks, even while I swig down tall gin and tonics,
wants me to get a taste; the gin’s strong, the tonic fuzzy,

but wine’s the fuel of gods. gin brings forth distant memories
of long-forgotten nights in other dives. bourbon’s about
the future, the honkytonks of five years from now, the fallen
angels that shall share a motel bed.

wine’s the fuel of masterpieces, of grandiose moments
under scalding purple suns; wine was in the blood
of Socrates, of Timocreon, and of playwrights that
shaped the world. wine’s the reminder that
a drunken hour contains more life than a dry lifetime.

I drain my gin and tonic and crack the first bottle; cheap white
drugstore wine, somewhat stale, bit acrylic; still supernal
and within my bloodstream flow the words
of antiquity, next to me sit spirits two millennia old.

bourbon might be the wine of the soul, but wine contains
the soul of the gods.

George Gad Economou

George Gad Economou

George Gad Economou holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science and resides in Athens, Greece, doing freelance work whenever he can while searching for a new place to go. His novella, Letters to S., was published in Storylandia Issue 30 and his short stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines, such as Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Chamber Magazine, The Edge of Humanity Magazine, and Modern Drunkard Magazine. His first poetry collection, Bourbon Bottles and Broken Beds, has been published by Adelaide Books.
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