New wine

Wine Press NorthwestMarch 15, 2012 

drink
and be merry,
our dreams are upon us
the new wine's springing
from yesterday's vines
have grown this far
just to fill our glasses

let your laughter
howl louder then
the high winds
on the high cliffs of
Goose Ridge,
then laugh some more
but even louder
let your laughter
hear that its own
echo is plodding harder
then the horses trotting
through hills in heaven

let the sound of your
spirit keep spreading

it's spring again
and life is sending a message
something like a love letter
in a bottle, it's symbolic
it's pitching and rolling
over green waves
in the ocean
in hopes that
its ink will
reach that moment
when a distant lover
gets to uncork and
unroll its meaning

life is for the gleaning

it's for the taking
for the dreamers and their long
awaited forethoughts
that manifest upon their waking
for the one's that painstakingly
plant their vision in granite
and understand that
this season brings forth
the abundance of your own
seed planting
so turn the music up and
take chances cause
a new wine awaits you
and in the distance she dances
in lilacs and lipstick
in starry candle lights and
where love letters have landed,
in a nightgown woven
from the mystic fabrics you were handed
reward is for the romantics
take chances

take shovels to soil

take the new wine
of your own spirit
and fill it with
every honeysuckle
every grape growing
and blossom blossoming
every bee buzzing
on a bud budding
take every dream
of yours that has ever grown
legs and walked over
your way take her
by the hand whisper
into her ear
your master plan

take all of yesterday's
woes and worries
and throw them away
you are just as new
as all that is new today
drink and be merry
be totally and utterly rapt
with the unwrapping of a new you
a new wine

never attempt
to pour new wine
into an old wine skin

don't worry about your past
there's no turning back
and the future is in you
trust me it whirls inside,
drink and be merry
because we will forever be
in the cleavage of where we
have been and where we are going
we are all infants
at rest upon the
breast of eternity
enjoy the ride!

all of us; new wines
dying on the vine

so turn the music up and
take chances cause
a new wine awaits you
and in the distance she dances
in lilacs and lipstick
in starry candle lights and
where love letters have landed,
in a nightgown woven
from the mystic fabrics you were handed
reward is for the romantics

so take shovels to dirt
let your spirit keep spreading
and take chances

Jordan Chaney is a spoken-word poet who lives in the heart of Washington wine country. His first book is Double-Barreled Bible, and he has released Mighty Peasant on MP3 and CD.

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