A poem dedicated to a departed friend and guide, Walter S. Taylor, artist, poet, and the founder, vineyardist, and vintner of Bully Hill Vineyards and Winery in Hammondsport, NY. As you will see here, (Bully Hill) his motto was and Bully Hill’s motto still is, that “A product is an extension of a person’s soul”.
Walter S. T.
We shall not let you go Walter S. T.,
not from this soil, nor from our hearts.
Nor shall our minds or resolve weaken,
for we have met you and heard your words:
Spoken, painted, written,
and are forever changed.
“They cannot cheat an honest man,” it is said.
They can try to silence, but they cannot hide.
They can dance with deception, cavort with conniving,
but never the worth of self can they sweep aside,
of one who stands as a light in the rain,
fighting wind surges and waters to remain,
glowing, even as a pilot flickering,
never out, ready as the match, energy sending,
out from the soul, spreading through magnificent rootstock,
upward though vine and leaf,
into the cups of kindness to be consumed,
by those who will carry on and keep the spirit,
alive forever on beloved Mother Earth,
the roots of honesty, integrity and self worth.
(C) Roger W. Bodo 1999, 2014 – All rights reserved