THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL. SO WHAT! | Reading David Hoper’s “Utepils” with a Cup of Beer | A Poetic Analysis by Ebubechukwu Bruno Nwagbo

“UTEPILS” | David Hoper
Credit: Engin Akyurt (Pexels)

Yes, the world is going to hell.
There are evils unthinkable
that are transpiring even as you
sit in the sun, sipping your cold beer
and forgetting for a moment
everything except the pleasure
of that first wonderful swig.
___________
Utepils (Norwegian, noun): to sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy a beer. 


Yes, the world is going to hell, there is racism unthinkable. There are protests despite the lockdown. Uteplis tells you to forget for a moment that, “There are evils unthinkable/that are transpiring even as you”

I hardly go for parties. But when I do, I forget for that moment that “Jesus died for the world” and I enjoy the fun that comes with the moment. After which I come out clearer-headed on how better to save the world.

When I am done drinking, I meet people who share the same dreams with me. I land new contracts over banters at the bar. I know beer poets and lovers can relate.

Never undermine the power of beer. It has the power to make you forget things. To escape from the world just when you need to, in order to maintain your sanity. Little wonder men often drop by the beer parlour to take some bottles before going home.

There is a lot for couples to learn at a deeper reading of Utepils.  As well as partners in virtually all fields of endeavour. It is not for us to spill it all out here.

You deserve “Utepils” when you win. You need it when you lose /OOH-ta-pilz/!

Whatever the situation, beer bears with us.  Maazidabeerpoet Onyemaechi Maxwell Opia-Enwemuche calls this beertitudes after the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter five. It is this beertitudes that the David Hoper refers to when he talks about the ability to “forget everything for a moment ”

It is this blessing that comes with happy hours when alcohol is sold almost for free. So much that you can buy it with little or no money.

While asking for a spontaneous reaction to the poem, an old friend replied, Utepils shows that “even in your seeming ignorance of the swig of cold beer life still goes on and you’ll return back to reality.”

Sir Eriata Oribhabor gave a good insight that ended with “you can gather a few friends and see what it feels like” in line 5.

Among the 16 Winning Poems, Utepils is unique for the following reasons:

*Concentration on one subject matter — beer

*One theme — fun and relaxation

*Aptness— just seven

It is for this uniqueness that we raise our cups of beer and cheer to David Holper wherever he may be at the moment.

In our next collection of selected food poems Annual PIN Food Poetry Contest, we further domesticate this Norwegian culture and bring it to fit into the current realities when most relaxation centres have been closed down as a result of the pandemic.  For now, you may want to take a cup of beer, and reread “Utepils.

Ebubechukwu Bruno Nwagbo
Poetic Insights on Selected Food Poems 

9 Replies to “THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL. SO WHAT! | Reading David Hoper’s “Utepils” with a Cup of Beer | A Poetic Analysis by Ebubechukwu Bruno Nwagbo”

  1. Wow. Charming and alluring. Poets ate indeed blessed by God. As I was going through the analysis I came to realize that beer is also an antidote as portrayed by the writer.
    He felt at ease whenever he took beer. At the beer parlor he meets people of like minds and for that I feels alright for that moment by sharing his worries as they drink and laugh together.

    Honestly the analyst did justice to the piece. A job well done Sir. Indeed you are gifted. Now I will go grab a bottle of beer from my fridge to help and wait for another Wednesday just to come around and read more analysis from you.

    Once again well done sir.

    1. Thanks Daniel. I can’t believe I’m just seeing this. Thanks for always following. Your comments makes the analysis more revealing. Cheers to the culture of drinking to health.

  2. This is a beautiful analysis.
    It added meaning to the poem and made it understandable to we non-poets

    1. I am glad the analysis fulfills the reviewer/ analyst role of breaching the gap between the poet and his audience. Many thanks Mayowa

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