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Once a year, for one week straight,
A beer I will decline.
Instead, I will indulge in 
Manischewitz kosher wine.

If you have never tried it,
Well, your life is not complete,
But you’d sure surprise your taste buds
‘Cause it’s sickeningly sweet.

Since it’s part of my tradition,
It’s a habit I can’t break
And from childhood sips to current times,
I’ve stuck with Concord Grape.

Though I’m not at all religious,
I’m nostalgic for the past
And at Seders* long ago,
The Manischewitz die was cast.

Certain connoisseurs of culture
Call me out and say, “Enough!
Now it’s time to climb the ladder
And reject that sweetened stuff.”

But a creature (me!) of habit
Thinks that Manischewitz wine,
Like the macaroons and matzoh,
Fits the holiday just fine.

*Passover meal


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  1. Date: 4/17/2014 10:39:00 PM

    this sounds really nice, I wish I could try it!! One time I tasted alcohol and it was so repulsive to me. But I think I would enjoy a sweet wine like this!! Nice poem!
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 4:58:00 PM

    I must admit I hate wine, but I do think that your poems are super duper, Ilene. I enjoy them all....Peter