VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

I taste a liquor never brewed

Emily Dickinson

I taste a liquor never brewed -
From Tankards scooped in Pearl -
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of Air - am I -
And Debauchee of Dew -
Reeling - thro endless summer days -
From inns of Molten Blue -

When "Landlords" turn drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door -
When Butterflies - renounce their "dreams" -
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats -
And Saints - to windows run -
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the - Sun -

The highest annual per capita consumption of alcoholic beverages in the United States was in 1830, the year of Dickinson's birth. Drinking was only casually disciplined by law, and quality control was so quixotic that the drinker might feel either nothing or a 200-proof belt. The environment favored the immemorial metaphors of intoxication.