Author: Willis Barnstone  | Date: 590 B.C.

Winter Evening

Zeus rumbles and a mammoth winter of snow

pours from the sky; agile rivers are ice.

Damn the winter cold! Pile up the burning logs

and water the great flagons of red wine;

place feather pillows by your head, and drink.

Let us not brood about hard times. Bakchos,

our solace is in you and your red wines:

our medicine of grape. Drink deeply, drink.


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Chicago: Willis Barnstone, "Winter Evening," Alkaios Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2024,

MLA: Barnstone, Willis. "Winter Evening." Alkaios, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2024.

Harvard: Barnstone, W, 'Winter Evening' in Alkaios. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2024, from