literally meaning 'good herb'
for the fragrance that rose from the aromatic groundcover Clinopodium douglasi as it was crushed underfoot by the brothers as they wandered about forcibly dispensing Catholicism to the Ohlone
in the sixties it may have had a slightly different connotation
i came here this week feeling just a little wrung out...Tolkien puts it perfectly as "like butter spread over too much bread"...and needing a new direction in my work having taught all my tricks during this rather heavy teaching year
the process of opening the windfall bundles that i've been making up here on the eleventh floor has filled me with delight...and gratitude
i'm grateful to this place for refreshing my spirit
and for giving me gifts in the street
windfall leaves and discarded metal fragments
i'm grateful to my family for keeping the home fires burning in my absence
and i'm grateful to my fellow taxpayers who [through an Arts SA grant] have partially underwritten this journey of [re]discovery of which there is yet more to come
as i'm now off to be an anonymous student for a week somewhere further east, in the deep heart of middle America
it'll be good to be on the other side of the fence again
Si, ha sido muy biena, gracias*... Yerba Buena has truly been the good herb...
*apologies to Spanish speakers for dodgy grammar, my linguistic skills are pretty much limited to ordering margaritas in that beautiful language