03 November 2015

At the Tranquility Salon

Woman's Feet Holding Pink Rose Fresh Pedicure.jpg
Woman's Feet Holding Pink Rose Fresh Pedicure, photo by D. Sharon Pruitt



Don’t muse on Vietnam and French nails now,
but sigh, lean back, indulge in gentle chat
until warm foot baths and foot massage take you
to melting easiness and calm in safe
high chairs that hold your back in ecstasy
despite the city traffic honking crass
and loud outdoors.  But don’t let that rage in.

Close eyes and ears to television soaps
and put away cell phones at last, enter
the service, hold it dear and sigh, exhale
nail polish chemicals to drift in dreams
of next year’s vacation retreat quiet
with bells for ending meditation.  Time
to go. First, tip the priest in gratitude.





Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



24 comments:

Mary said...

Ah, there is so much tranquility in just letting one soak in the joy of a manicure and pedicure. To melt into the experience somehow gives one a sense of peace!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh yes....THIS is tranquility!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Indeed we can find peace & tranquility when closing our eyes and just soaking in the goodness of a salon :D
Beautifully executed!

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

Safe for me is the key word here - as a well looked after child can be free and spontaneous and happy knowing he/she is safe...yes nurturing ourselves can be tranquility indeed..

Anonymous said...

Foot massage - best thing ever!!

Gillena Cox said...

perfect

much love...

humbird said...

Ambrosia...

Buddah Moskowitz said...

You captured the luxury of a pedicure perfectly.

Purba chakraborty said...

Wow! I want to do this. This is pure tranquility.
Thanks for such a beautiful poem, Susan :)

Anonymous said...

Ah. The pleasures of giving time to yourself. Lovely. I really liked the ending. :-)
-HA

kaykuala said...

One is at its most relaxed and time stood still.That feeling vividly exposed here Susan!

Hank

Peggy said...

Lovely. This makes me want to go out and get a pedicure! Thank you for commenting on my poem as well. It is good to be back at Poets United.

annell4 said...

I like your poem and I like your new pic!

tonispencer said...

This is a great take on tranquilty. I often tip a little extra so the priest "worshiping" my feet will rub them a few minutes longer and to have the pleasure of sitting in that vibrating chair. Having someone nurture you, even just the feet, is indeed restful tranquility. And thank you again for the prompt.

Hannah said...

Just awesome, Susan...I was there and I love the contrasts you build of sound and place and tone! Well done...thank you, for the inspiration and for visiting me!

Old Egg said...

Indulging in being spoiled this way is clearly a great pleasure that you wish would never end. Occasionally I have a therapeutic massage and have in fact fallen asleep on one occasion!

Victoria said...

I enjoyed the idea of pedicurist as priest and felt the outside business pressing against the tranquility.

claireylove said...

Ahhh, a little oasis of calm <3

Carol Campbell said...

A pedicure as Zen! Wonderful!

Nicholas said...

this was indeed a source of tranquility. i've had pedicures and they are relaxing and soothing. :D

Grace said...

I love the idea Susan ~ Just what I needed to do and just relax after a tiring day ~

Suzy said...

oh the joy of a manicure and pedicure. They are so relaxing. Loved your take on the prompt.

rallentanda said...

A pedicure as a religious experience is a hoot....especially the bit about tipping the priestess:)

Intelliblog said...

To be able to indulge oneself like you describe, Susan, is wonderful. Still, how many people in our society who are able to do this, choose not and lead more and more hectic lives... And for what reason? Make more money, keep up with the Joneses, buy more and more consumer goods? We need to learn to relax and regain the tranquillity our modern lifestyle denies us. Well-penned.