Vin Mariani



that cool mixture

pupil tightens

heart races

speeding through kitchen

to the bedroom master suite

I cannot wait, to drink

and rest

buzzing cracked teeth

coca leaf!

*Vin Mariani was a coca wine and patent medicine created in the 1860s by Angelo Mariani, a French chemist from the island of Corsica. Advertised to reduce your hunger, aid digestion, cure the flu and fill you with energy! It contained 6 mg of cocaine per oz. The drink would definitely give you a buzz. It was a huge success and very popular worldwide from popes to presidents. Queen Victoria was a big fan.

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