Vignoble d’hiver

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Vignoble d’hiver

Long before the Roman legions marched
Long before the Visigoths ruled with iron
Long before the Moors galloped in
Long before the Franks reconquered
Long before the Catalan kingdom arose
Long before the Cathar heretics burned
Long before the French king whipped Spain
Long before the Revolution changed the game
Long before the German tanks rumbled
Long before the Resistance resisted
Long before the Republic revived

Vignerons nurtured these vines

Vignerons who knew the truth

Vines alive at midwinter
Trimmed for spring
Patience you can taste

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Photograph by D Young. Vineyard in Cathar Country, 2001.
Verse by R Young.

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