While doing my daily Calm, Tamara Levitt talked about how poetry is healthy to heal wounds, relieve stress.
If you’re curious grab your writing instrument of choice and write as fast as you can for half a page, let the words fall from your fingers, let them plop on the page. Throw up, throw a tantrum, Ramble and jumble your way to the middle of the page. It’s ok to write a full page, and if you can’t stop, continue until you do.
Now go through what you wrote and find bits and pieces that you like. Highlight or under line them. Could be a word, could be a phrase. Gather them up, arrange them on the page. The poem that follows was done just that way, and it may not resonate with you, it may bore you to tears, it might tell you why you’ve always hated poetry, but for me, it’s a note from myself, a hint or a clue on what to do, where to look.
Tonight I have a date with my wife, to sit on the deck and watch the sun set. It’s the first time since the Autumnal Equinox that the sun sets on the ocean, just past Pedro Point. She’s headed north, where she’ll reach the end of her travels on summer solstice. She’ll pause to enjoy the long artic days before racing back for the Autumnal Equinox when she’ll set behind Pedro point for the next six months. My wife and I will hold hands, watch the sun set and bask in the glow of our 34th wedding anniversary.
We found 99% alcohol at ACE hardware, picked up aloe vera gel from Oceana Market, and we had both Ancient Robbers and Theives from our essential oil stash. I watched a short you tube video and I was off and running.
Mix 2/3 cup alcohol with 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, add essential oil to the tune of 6-9 drops, and wisk it away with a wisk or a fork, but I’ll tell you that my aloe vera didn’t mix so well. Might have been the xanthan gum or the irish moss, but I ended up using a strainer, and filled up three little spray bottles, salvaged from the ruins of spray bottles living in bins, scattered around the hose, like precious jewels.
The robbers and theives made this concoction to mediate coming in contact with bodies who’d died of the plague.
The stuff smells of lemon, cloves, eucalyptus and more. It’s great in a mister, and it’ll remind you not to touch your face.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Spray this hand sanitizer onto your hands and when the alcohol dries, smell you hands, get the Theives and Robbers into your system.