Waited on the sippers
For a corner of the bar.
Had a light red or cabernet
Passed casually my way –
Never missed a top up
As the crowd passed comment and stayed.
Assisted loading cartons of Lamonts’ selected wines;
Courtesy boot lights glow
As we load ‘em up with wine.
They generally leave
With one just for the road;
Luncheon ending in
A taste all afternoon.
Thrown a heap of olive seeds
Outside the winery bar;
Topped a glass with ice blocks
Late summer afternoons.
Heated debate laced with Verdelho –
A volatile sputtering fuse.
Last few half bottles of tasting wine;
Sliding winery door – corrugated iron;
Holding back – reluctant to go;
Night bush noises – burr of the phone
Answered by a mechanical tone.
Clink of glasses – rustling leaves;
Kangaroo pads through the trees.
Come on you lot;
Lamonts finally closed.
John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical
> Available from Lulu.com in Paperback (pictured) for AU$24.99
> Now available at Lulu.com (Digital ePUB version) for AU$3.50
> Also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble book stores.
> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
> For our US friends, A “ute” is a utility vehicle; a pickup truck.
|Pages||238pp||big writing 2000pp|
|Dimensions (cm)||14.81 x 20.98||4 dimensional|