Monday, March 27, 2006

Planetary Essences


Transportation in our time
is miraculous, swift --
a trip.

Today, for instance
I flew from Austin to San Jose,
from one high tech hub
to another
in the time it takes
to have a good nap
edit a few pages
look out the window
as Earth changed from cold grey
snow capped mountains
to light green valleys
to the verdant green of
Northern California
in March.

On the blue bus
that goes from the San Jose
Airport to the Rental Car Island,
I sat across from three people
who were emailing each other
on Blueberries until one
looked up, startled,
and said, "I crashed."
She turned to her colleague,
exasperated, "Did you just
get a message from me?"
"No," he said.

Somewhere between San Jose
and Palo Alto I passed
an Air Museum.

Later, after getting happily lost
in San Francisco, which I always
do when I try to follow 101
through the city, I crossed
the Golden Gate Bridge,
dialed Pacifica and settled
into a drive made even
more pleasant by the voices
of people I agree with --

Soon the program changed
to one I'd not heard before --
"The Herbal Highway."

A mellow throated person
rolled out a catalog of flower
remedies to celebrate
the beginning of Spring --
Bells of Ireland are good
for opening the fantasy mind,
you can see wee fairies dancing,
and certain Alaskan essences are good
for grounding people and plants
to the Earth, put a drop
in the watering can.
She talked about energetic
effects, you don't need much.
Other essences open the heart,
or let out pain, heal old anger,
connect us to the earth,
combat shyness, fear, make
us happy. There were essences
to help people who think too much --
"Thinking isn't bad," she crooned,
"but sometimes we have to simply
be --"

Too late.
I was already questioning --
"Connect plants to the Earth?"

By the time she intoned
a series of planetary essences,
and their properties --

"Essence of Venus will
open your heart to love,"
for instance and,
"Essence of Jupiter is recommended
for the smooth energy you will need
for success in new endeavors,"
I was wondering how one gets
planetary essences --
"Essence of Uranus?"
Did I hear that, or make it up?

Transportation in our time
is miraculous, swift --
a trip.

┬ęSusan Bright

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.


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