la connoisseur

At seventy years young,
Billie Jean says that she
belongs on “Broadway”, as
main street entertainment
of  sultry summer nights at
the lakes of Okoboji; yes, with
her velvety voice and tan arms
bejeweled in myriad silver bands
reaching to elbowed sleeves of an
elegantly wild leopard print blouse.

So BJ plays her own CD recording
to prove it, as she pours lovely dry
reds for the slightly tipsy wine-tasting
customers, served with Cajun curds,
and crackers spread with salty beer
cheese between stemmed glasses
across the vintage wood counter at
Little White Swan Lake winery in
an old barn tucked behind a hillbilly
ridge of rolling midwest corn country.

After serving the popular house
specialties, Bison Blush and Rose,
Billie brings out the good stuff:
“This is our finest petit sirah!”
she declares, pouring a generous
sample for herself – “My first today.”
Then swirling it loosely to release
the full fragrance and bringing it
up to her eager lips, eyes closed,
she smacks and sighs, “Divine!”

Ms. Jean’s a born and bred “Aussie,
but I don’t have an accent,” insists
the red-headed, red-blooded, proudly
American immigrant, “I speak proper
English!” Of course, the Yankees all
agree before buying a bottle or two
to take with them. “Come back Friday
night to hear me sing live on stage,”
Billie invites as she lovingly wraps a
rich burgundy within crinkly paper bag.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shanyns
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 15:39:21

    Wow! She’s really cool…more! More!


  2. rmp
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 13:43:59

    I’m liking this Billy Jean character. she definitely seems like a girl who knows how to reel someone in.


  3. lucychili
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 02:43:18

    she is a great character


  4. Ronald E. Shields
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 01:26:24

    You describe quite a character in every sense of the word.


  5. vbholmes
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 23:03:48

    A born saleswoman I would guess, with all the necessary physical and mental attributes as well as a winning personality and talent. Good descriptions of an intriguing character.


  6. Gay Reiser Cannon
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 17:09:21

    Vivid, full of life, still dreaming – you made me like her. I think she sounds like quite a woman. Kudos to her and to you for bringing her to us.


  7. kkkkaty1
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:36:24

    A lot here to take in…just the sound of the place Okobogi is a nice ring along with the Cajun curds and crackers. Yes, something exotic about her, yet plain, wanting more out of life.


  8. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:35:42

    ha. she has quite the personality now doesnt she…she would be a fun one to be around it seems..probably that bit of artist in her blood…wonder why she chose there over broadway or pursuing a music career


  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 09:04:39

    I think she raise the sales at the winery.. I could really see her.. and yes I would probably buy more than I should… 🙂 somehow I was reminded of Fado singers I saw in Madeira earlier this year… old but still smoth and beautiful…


  10. Bryan Ens
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 04:32:16

    Billie Jean seems like quite the gal!


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