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An Ode To Salt

Ephemeral Value

By Stephanie J. BradberryPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - August 2023
An Ode To Salt
Photo by Maksym Sirman on Unsplash

Born of Huangdi legend, shaping the world from big bangs of

Unstable combustible metal and deadly poisonous gas

Symbol of wealth, loyalty, friendship, and love

Keeper of covenants crystalized in elaborate cellars of glass.


Lot’s wife, turned pillar of salt, would soon face a double shame

Compared to a whole city, Taghaza, a work camp built of the same

But even this city of salt becomes eclipsed by the moon

Of majestical underground sites of salt chandeliers carved above a lagoon.


Worth your own salt in words and phrases myriad as the colors you display

Morphing shape for enhancing taste, pickling, curing, and preserving

Controlled by church and state, keeping evil spirits at bay

Monopolized and democratized, of mighty praise you are deserving.

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Stephanie J. Bradberry

I have a passion for literature and anime. And I love everything involving academia, health, metaphysics and entrepreneurship.

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  • C. H. Richardabout a month ago

    I missed this one when it was top story. This makes salt sound so beautiful which it really is. Great job and belated congrats on Top Story ❤️

  • Tiffany Gordon about a month ago

    Fabulous work Stephanie!

  • Amazing work. I really enjoyed being able to think and visualize each word you wrote. Congrats on the Top Story!!!

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    👏 An original and thematically encompassing ode! Terrific job Stephanie. Congrats on your top story as well! ☺️

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  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the Leader Board win Stephanie. Good to see the recognition.

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenlerabout a month ago

    Beautifully executed, Stephanie, your words are like scattered gems!

  • Rene Peters2 months ago

    I love this! It's so creative!

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    This has been plagiarized by someone and that has been reported

  • it was too fascinating ma'am it is mesmerizing its surreal its out standing i'm speech less on this today

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    I applaud your rhyme schemes! Fun choice to see it change in the middle, but overall the rhythm the rhymes bring add a lot to this piece, and make me want to go back and read it over and over again. So well-crafted. I'm always so filled with admiration for your work, Stephanie! You bring a precision to everything you write, and such interesting history and facts too. So glad this got Top Story!

  • Leslie Writes2 months ago

    Fascinating 😊 There is more to common salt than meets the eye.

  • Lana V Lynx2 months ago

    This is excellent!

  • Naveed Ahmed Syed2 months ago

    A poetic ode to salt's multifaceted significance, from legends to practical uses, intertwined with history's captivating tales.

  • Lightning Bolt2 months ago

    Congratulations on getting a Top Story! It makes me want *extra* salt on my supper (and I have already met my daily sodium limit. 🤷)

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    This made me salty! Good work!

  • Jazzy Gonçalves 2 months ago

    OH this was great! 🥰🥰

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    You have shown us here, how many ways that salt has been used over time. But I think my favourite is this right here, as you have used it to make ART!! Excellent work, congrats on the Top Story.

  • Real Poetic2 months ago

    Congratulations! This was a wonderful surprise. Very informative. 🎊🎊

  • ANFAS2 months ago

    sport my page

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  • Mesh Toraskar2 months ago

    This is spectacular work, I'm a fan! Congratulations on top story, very happy to see this here!

  • Rob Angeli2 months ago

    Good old sodium chloride! Really spectacular Elemental poetry, great work!

  • Wow! I read this just expecting salt as I know it to be used but you touched on so many uses and a whole history and an entire story of salt! That was awesome and so unexpected! And as always you did an excellent job writing this with such colorful language.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    A worthy subject, eloquently honored. Congratulations, Stephanie!

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