The Three of Wands

A man by the cliff
with three tall wands next to him
watches three ships go by.

Is he like the Bachelor
in love with the Three Graces
at Yosemite's Mariposa Grove?

or perhaps Mercury in Botticelli's
Primavera ignoring Three Graces
to pierce clouds with his caduceus?

or is he Columbus looking at his
ships Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
sailing to discover the New World?

For wands are tools for travelling
taking us from one place to another
leaping across the universe.

The Fairy Godmother's wand
changed a pumpkin to a stagecoach
taking Cinderella to the palace.

The Blue Fairy waved her wand
and transformed Geppetto's puppet
Pinocchio into a real boy.

But there are also wands in
real life that are magical
if we know how to use them.

Look at Beethoven's baton
conducting his Ninth Symphony
composed when he was deaf.

Van Gogh painted Sunflowers
and Starry Night with his brush
transporting our minds to new vistas

and with his pen Joseph Conrad's
words on the page became alive
to make us feel and make us see.

    — Peter Y. Chou
        Mountain View, 1-7-2010

The Three of Wands
(Waite Tarot Deck)