The Bottle O’ Wine

wine

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“I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Who would I be

without you?

a question we sometimes ask

but rarely want answered

as long as things are

fine

wine

between us.

.

It can be an expression of a loss

we never want to experience

an appreciation of a want

to keep

drinking deep

of a love

that grows

knows

shows

us

the richness that a relationship brings.

.

It brings a reddish hue

a glow

to our cheeks

both

outer

and

inner

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“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
― Charles Baudelaire

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Years ago

before I met Steve

I spent time

(yearning for the day that we would meet)

at a vineyard

living and breathing

(my own longing for him)

the passion that goes into

making

wine.

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You don’t just squeeze grapes

then pour

the juice

into

a bottle

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You plant the seed

which grows into vine

then you nurture that vine

year after year

worrying about the sun

rain

the elements it has

or does not have

like a parent with a child

until it yields

grapes

that are full of

your patience

then you pick those

(not the others which are still immature)

and their wise waters

are filtered through

a system which includes

taking long lunches

where people commune with each other

over food

for thought

heart

and soul

then

you wait

some more

and that’s what you bottle

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“There is truth in wine and children.”
― Plato

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But the bottle

which now has

a soul within it

still needs a label

to

allows others to meet it

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That’s one of the things which Steve and I do

for a living

as they say…

we design labels

(not the one featured in the photo…

we also do product photography)

for

wine bottles

but

our part in that is just the tip

of

the work

and vision

of many

a soul

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“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
― Omar Khayyám

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What would I do without you…?

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We make the wine

together

and that is why

this wine bottle is

the next in our Objectivity challenge

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Without you

there is

no

me

not really

we’re a band

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