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This poem came from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, LJ user Kelkyag, and Ross Edwin Rochat. It also fills the "priceless" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.


"Solera"


Managing drunks made it difficult
to plan ahead in many ways.

Shaeth found this frustrating
when he tried to lay out a calendar
of holy days for his temple.

"We don't really tend to make plans,"
Trobby said to him.

"Or think about the future in general,"
Prell added, looking up from her lute.

"Or even about having a future,"
Denore concluded as he
turned a page in his sketchbook.

"All right, let's start with something you know,"
Shaeth said. "You know that liquor
gets better with age, right?"

"Yeah, if you have a place to keep it,"
Trobby said. "Old wine is for nobles,
or merchants rich enough for a wine cellar."

"We have a temple," Shaeth said.
"There is no reason it cannot have a cellar."

"That would be a lot of work," Trobby said.

"We have a lot of worshippers," Shaeth said,
and while it was nowhere near the number
he'd commanded as God of Evil,
the free booze was definitely attracting
people to the God of Drunks.

So they brought in shovels and other tools,
and the next day they tapped a barrel of rum
with the announcement that anyone
who filled a wheelbarrow with dirt
could fill a tankard with rum.

They were all surprised by
how fast that cellar got dug.

Next they built a sturdy set of shelves
which would hold ranks upon ranks
of heavy wooden barrels for aging.

"Why do we need so many shelves?"
Denore asked as he sketched the cellar.

"You only brought five barrels;
that's not much go on," Prell said.

"You just have to know where to start,"
Shaeth said as they rolled the barrels into place.

"And they're full of water," Trobby said.

"Not for long," Shaeth said.
He turned the water into good rum.
"Now we'll just let that set for a year."

"Then what?" asked Trobby.

"Then we'll lay in five more barrels above these,"
Shaeth explained. "Tap off some rum
from the barrels on the bottom layer,
and top them up with the new rum.
Keep doing that, and after a few years
we'll have something extraordinary and
priceless coming out of the lower taps.
It's called a solera."

"But that will take forever,"
Trobby whined, throwing up his hands.

"No it won't," Shaeth said. "It will take time,
and attention, and careful work over the years.
It will help people keep track of time, and
give them something to look forward to.
We can bring out the solera rum for
the holy days and other special occasions."

Carefully Denore cut two finished pages
from his sketchbook, one with several
small drawings of the cellar in progress
and a full page of the finished racks.

"These are for the temple," he said
as he handed them to Shaeth.
"I figure I can do a new one each year
when it's time to cycle the rum."

"That's a good plan," said Shaeth.

* * *

Notes:

Planning ahead is an important life skill. Know how to think ahead and make plans.

Too much alcohol can impair executive functions such as planning, long-term or even permanently.

Solera rum is made in ranked barrels, containing rum from several different years, which produces a complex flavor. The same system also works for wine, beer, brandy, and vinegar.

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Date: 2015-01-13 09:20 pm (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
Oooh, I love this idea! Most of the time I have problems planning too, but concrete systems and rewards like this makes it easier. (Also, this isn't linked on your home page for the series...it's why I didn't find it earlier. Thought you might want to know.) Thanks for linking me!

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