I heard a song about cinnamon,
I sang with the crew, then heard in my dreams
all the work was done down mines,
If what you want you can’t find,
When his bulky flagship
boarded this much smaller ship, and on it
rolling deck, we marvel
from which Columbus ruled
where a nook
the sky stretches wide
the sails of the mind.
what packs meaning into matter,
Oprah Endorses the Ocean
Gazing steadily into the camera, she speaks from the heart. “The waves,” she says, “are cleansing. The sand is a comfort. And then, the sky!” Oprah advocates excursions to the beach. She devotes a series of shows to discussions of which beach is best. Coney Island? Malibu? West Palm? All week, expert panels engage in debate, with Oprah’s studio audience chiming in. Slowly, the middle of the country empties, as Americans abandon the heartland for the coast, causing a housing crisis. Department stores report a shortage of bathing suits.
Oprah and her crew embark on visits to major aquariums. America learns to recognize the lantern fish, the deadly sea wasp, and a series of eerie jellies. Oprah visits an artist who turns sand into glass. Oprah tells her audience, “You see me through lenses that used to be sand.” This makes her feel even more deeply connected to the ocean.
In California, a hundred thousand people arrive at Castle Beach with ice chests, barbecues, sand chairs, giant umbrellas, charcoal briquettes, hot dogs, and sunscreen. Panicked officials call in the National Guard. From East Cliff Drive, news cameras from major networks pan the overflowing trash cans.Broadcasting now from her mansion in Montecito, Oprah concludes her endorsement of the ocean. She loves its repetition, its unpredictability, its viciousness, its sublime caress. “The sea is a precious resource,” she tells her viewers. “It is the key to life on this planet.” She says that visiting the ocean is fundamental to the health of all human beings. “The beach will heal us,” she tells us. “It’s a good place to be alone.”