Road Salt: From The Earth To The Road

When I was born, salt-water waves washed versus antarctic clay financial institutions and also the great, glacial rocks of the Pacific shore, the shaking of the globe in the cradle of the Sea. The yells of seagulls mingled with the impolite clang of foghorns as well as the pathetic keening of ships’ bells in those grey worlds between the physical and the fluidic, where dream and also landscape are weaved together with tranquility, persistent voice. Port Angeles is a harbor of desires, of touching wishings that take the heart. The Awesome Whale searches its depths; the Eagle circles above. Though take on knights sought the Grail in the hazy isles of Britain, some report of it hides below – an echo of its ecstasy in the shadowy rhythm of salty mists, and also in the preternatural shouting, periodically, among ruptureds of unusual light that casts throughout restless dreams. All who have been touched by this finger’s trace throughout their soul share in a delightful madness known to the likes of me, this womb in which I was happy to have actually been birthed.

The Olympic Memorial Hospital – named in recognition of the regional guys who provided their all in The Second World War – sits just above the Straits of Juan de Fuca, eighteen miles  Pillar of salt throughout the water from Victoria, British Columbia, where the wild as well as stubborn Emily Carr painted old, strange landscapes before they were taken down by the unaware conceit of modernity. A Greek seafarer called Apostolos Valerianus discovered the Straits in 1592. He was appointed by a Mexican viceroy to cruise northward, searching for the legendary Northwest Flow, by means of which travelers might pass from the Pacific to the Atlantic directly. The Mexicans referred to the Greek as “Juan de Fuca”, for which the Straits have ever since borne that name. Two hundred years after penetrating the mouth of the Straits – and one hundred and fifty years prior to the actual Northwest Passage was discovered – both Spaniards as well as Englishmen pushed northward from Cape Horn towards the northwest coasts wanting to claim the Passage for their nations. It was the Spaniards that first proceeded eastward past the uppermost edge of my cherished Olympic Peninsula; it was the Spaniards that were the initial to map their means right into what would later on be named Puget Noise. Neither Englishman nor Spaniard nor any person else would find the Northwest Flow at this longitude, yet they did discover a treasure trove of inland harbors and also islands, a fascinating waterfall of blues as well as grays enhanced by pungent mists of salt as well as rain that drift throughout the hill landscapes, veiling salted desires in their folds up. One particular Spaniard – put on Francisco Eliza – fell for my little harbor. In his interest he named it “Puerto de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles” – Port of Our Lady of the Angels. Such is the method of the Sea: it makes you crave a lover you can not welcome however refuse to yield, a condition that has actually driven greater than one worthy spirit mad. Poets as well as madmen alike shiver in the swirling hazes that haunt such areas.

A visibility made itself known to me in those days. I would certainly call it a male presence, however that understands? Possibly it was past sex, however it sure had a resonant male feeling to me. Mostly it was a kind of motif, like the repetitive tapping of Morse Code. It occurred to me, as my third birthday celebration approached, that I had been observing what are called ‘persisting’ fantasizes, only it wasn’t one desire, yet frequent desire patterns. Regularly I would certainly lift right into the depths of space, where the celebrities ‘shined like lead decreases versus the canopy.’ It was so clear, so huge, so holy, this breadthess arc above the earth. Occasionally common items would certainly pass across the area, such points as telephone directory, or fry pans, or chairs. And always a repetitive sensation– not words– thick as well as thin, thick and also thin. I can essentially taste the measurements of things. The nature of points telegraphed their top qualities and distinctions to a component of my mind that synthesized the experience into mixed senses. And afterwards one night a hand opened up. By its gesture it introduced: Behold! I recognized extremely plainly that whatever this was, whoever this was, it desired me to acknowledge that I might hear. If one might state it had a smile in its “voice”– a breadth of tranquility that surpasses all words– this Voice was that! There was no speech, only understanding, the kind that pours through one’s capillaries like the waters of the sea rise through the earth, hot, really stern– however not in a human way. There is nothing petty or vengeful regarding it. It was the Law itself, the muscular tissue that forms canyons and also monsters and also measureless expanses. Speaking towards something would certainly never have actually occurred to me. The idea of babbling at it is preposterous.

I found to my joy that when I shut my eyes at night, this clanking, lumbering globe passed away, and also a more smart one made itself understood to me, giving life to Blake’s Jerusalem: