From My Journals 1977-78

I had the pleasure of living in St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA in the late 1970’s.    My poems were written under the name Joy Martin.

From My Journals 1977 – 1978
Napa Valley, California

The Rites of Alta Napa

Pilgrims travel north
In auto caravans
To tour the wineries
Guided through chambers of alchemy.
FOR IT IS ADVENTURE

They come to view
Grottos dug by coolies
To store the New World Rhine Wine
Of the Berringers.
FOR IT IS HISTORY

They come to praise
The new technology
Creating vintage wines
Labeled Mondavi.
FOR IT IS SCIENCE

They come to learn
Of Christian Brothers,
An order dedicated
To education of the poor.
FOR IT IS RELIGION

They come together
Tasting
A celebration of the grape
In Rites of Alta Napa.
FOR IT IS MAGIC


Napa Valley Wine

Pour the wine
Raise your glass
Taste the grapes
Of summers past.

Toast your friends
Wish them well
Share their joy
Or say farewell.

Remember with wine
Year after year
Savor the times of your life
You hold dear.


A Toast

Last summer
Tourists fermented in The City,
Bottled-up.
Then poured themselves
Full-bodied
Into the long stemmed Napa Valley
Tasting.
It was a vintage year.

– Published by Alta Napa Press 1978
Voices of the WINELAND
Anthology of 22 Napa Valley poets
Joyce Martin Perz writing as Joy Martin

Voices of the WINELAND

AMAZON listing: Voices of the Wineland: An anthology Paperback – 1978
by Carl T. Endemann, Joy Martin, Isis, Barbara Rosson and others Michael Dow (Author)

 

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