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March 17, 2022updated 02 Nov 2022 12:10pm

Seven short texts by Andrew Jefford

By Andrew Jefford

Over the past 11 years, WFW contributing editor Andrew Jefford has been using his Twitter feed to publish a series of short poetic texts. Many of these works are inspired by—or have some connection to—the themes of wine and terroir.

Earlier this year, WFW asked Andrew to make a selection of these loosely wine-themed short texts. Here we feature the first of a series of Andrew’s selections, accompanied by an original painting inspired by Andrew’s words by the painter and illustrator, Claudia Silva.

Seven Short Texts


Andrew Jefford

We drink our time

from light so drink drink

while light there is enough

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Frost-stung, the olive tree

casts its airy net

for the sky’s spare silver


Rain, wind, light

wander in us: each

a brief crux


Wine is the fat

between chafed skin

and jarred bone


Only lying water

discovers the truth

of how the flat field tilts


The dry time done, now

the dark nurses stride over the hill:

a rain cure


It is – that mountains fall

by dint of soft rain alone we

may know time

Image by Claudia Silva, 2022 (watercolor and gouache)

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