Southville Hop (I.P.)
In Southville the main crop is hop.
Its flowers are used to make beer,
a beverage you won’t find in a shop
as it is drunk right away over here.
It’s the hops that give it its flavour
but anyone who is worth his salt
knows that he’ll be out of favour
should he choose to omit the malt.
It isn’t light and it is just as risky
as imbibing that other strong brew,
the one that we’ve labelled whisky
that we find very hard to eschew.
Sometimes, when we drink a shot,
a chaser is not out of the question;
we fool ourselves that it isn’t a lot
and reject any other suggestion.
© Luigi Pagano 2014