Vines and grapes beckon

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I grew up

In California

Over in the Central Valley

And of course

I loved grapes

And I asked for them

All of the time

And they were quite available

As you can imagine they would be

In places not far away

Like Lodi and Manteca

And Napa and Sonoma

Then later on

It may be hard to believe

I got a bit angry and bothered

And you may ask why

But the reason is because

I worked at different wineries

And now I cry a bit even to this day

I learned something

Working at the vineyards

And the wineries too

And that is you and me are missing

Something so wonderful

You see

The best grapes in the world

Never make it to the stores

I try to forget the times

When vineyard managers

Took me around in the fall

During harvest

And we sampled the many

Wine grapes on the vine

Destined to be crushed one day

And I tell you now

That they were so delicious

So bursting with flavor

Endless varieties of them

So perfectly wonderful

That I wish so much

That I could go back to those days

In the winery vineyards

And have those times back

When I got to sample so many

Of the most delicious grapes ever

And how I learned that some things

Are so hard to forget

writer and novelist. traveler and adventurer. looking for fun in the sun. chasing the dream. can't stop the feeling that time is going faster.

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