A poetic reminiscence about lovers and other people I encountered while living in Wine Country, (Northern California.
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Five major sections (almost complete books in themselves): Tannery Row, Cuttings Wharf, The Woman of the Horses, Ariadne's Bookstore, and Beginning Susan; covering 8 years of intense involvement with the people, artists, lovers, and the unique experience of living in a wine growing region.
I have warily circled the sacred fire
searching for some spot that was merely warm
never daring to step lest its burn be more real
than the imagined ecstasy of walking its full length
But you were there, right in the middle of the smoke
and rippling atmosphere and your feet never scalded
until you stepped away believing the dirt
around my feet had a similar safety