as i walk across this mountain,
i am on sacred, on holy ground.


i feel their spirits rising within me,
the earth people whose


names we never really
had to learn in school —


tamyen, pomo, wintu.


so when i drink this wine,
i drink this earth, and all


those spirits dance
inside of me,


that woman part of me,
filling the universe


with songs and healing,
just as your love


dances in the very heart
of me,


in the very flesh
of me,


with grace, with passion,
and a beauty


that causes even old
coyote to run away


and hide his face
and deer


(ah, gentle deer!)
to weep.


1997 Pinot Noir Cuvée des Vieilles Vignes
1983 Chardonnay