The Ring of Fire, and Other Moments of Beauty
Every so many years, the planets aligned just long enough to create a splendor, a rare moment of natural beauty. It creates an annular eclipse, annular meaning 'ring'. It happens when the moon's orbit is farther away from earth, and therefore does not completely cover the sun as it crosses its path-- leaving the appearance of a ring of fire in the sky.
It is too bad this doesn't happen more often, because for many it is becoming harder and harder to find any beauty in this world with all the ugliness of political unrest, greed, wars, teenagers creating weapons of mass destruction, the shooting of children in elementary schools or people at a Bible study.
What one has to remember is that ugliness is not stronger than beauty; it’s simply more fertile. It's amazing how often one moment of beauty can erase an entire bad day of ugliness. It can make one temporarily forget what they saw on television or read in a headline. And when two exquisite objects cross each other's path, like a creation of a ring of fire, it's an extraordinary gift one should place inside their memory for safe keeping.
Like a DiMaggio home-run--- the crack of a hero's bat and a crowd's cheer.
That perfect little black dress and Chanel #5.
A horseback ride on the beach at full speed.
The exhilaration of a roller-coaster's dip.
When one can honestly blame it on Rio.
On a Broadway stage when Ann Reinking brought to life a Bob Fosse dance.
When someone like Claudia Cardinale simply smiled for just the right camera.
When little boys tumble to impress a girl-- and little girl's giggle-- pretending not to watch.
Frank Sinatra on the stereo at any given time--
--and any hilarious word Erma Bombeck ever put on a page.
© 2012 Gina Baxter