A new friend brought me here tonight. Into this bustle of writers where we are working alone or gathered in small groups, talking, laughing, sipping wine with others; gathering here from a 50 mile radius; our host tonight, fellow writer, maker of extraordinary sparkling wines, Larry Mawby.

It’s a picture perfect summer evening and poems are rising. Here it comes….

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Dance of Soil

Vines rise on wire scaffolding

Pushing sunshine up green spines

Still summertime-

and fruit is but a dream

sleeping quietly in the roots

I have seen this dance before on other continents.

Deep in the Barossa-

Strewn across the Andalusian plain

Spread boldly through the valley at the top of California

and here, today-

Teenage vines safely held in the heart of Leelanau

All dancing to the tune

of soil and fickle weather gods

After casting their magic-

some of this …some of that

Leaning air on wood and steel.

Around the world the vintners

wait to plunge

their thief

into the barrel’s heart

Breath held- until they catch the scent

Of devil’s feet and the sound of money burning-

Or rare bouquet of perfect wine-

Kissed by sun and fanned by angel wings.

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Mawby Vineyards and Winery, Suttons Bay, Michigan

Former columnist for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel covering metaphysics, she got to interview the likes of Brian Weiss, The Amazing Kreskin and Apollo 14 astronaut, Edgar Mitchell. Mimi’s love of words became obvious to her parent’s at age four during high mass as she stood on the pew seat to rally the congregation- “Hey! Let’s everybody sit down!” She’s been a tour guide out west and has *too many* years of tourism marketing consulting, designing promo collateral, commercial scripts for TV/Radio, freelance writing, resume and bio coaching and large event planning. A poet, artist, world traveler, mom of two phenomenal kids; in the wee hours she has three finished fiction manuscripts, a published book of erotica, and two blogs and is a self-confessed Pinterest addict. Owner of a fabulous destination wedding and event venue in northern Michigan and a board member of the Northport Chamber of Commerce and Leelanau UnCaged Music & Art Street Festival planning committee. Currently writing a non-fiction book of unusual blessings that her friend/agent is kicking her rear to finish. Member of RWA, MMRWA, CCWA and former CCWA Board. www.wordninjagirl.com

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