3.07.2012

rougeberry

Walking up the stairs
I experienced, more than smelled,
the fragrance you used to wear.
It came from I don't know where,
an embracing, surrounding me
warmly, like a duvet, a pashmina.
Cozy. Though you never were that.
What was that scent? Fresh, spring,
fruity, earthy, so like you.
So very present, I almost missed you.

19 comments:

  1. "Like a duvet, a pashmina..." so comfy. Last line is perfect. And a good contrast to the remembering.

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  2. I loved the title of the poem - it caught my eye - and your words remind me that I can never again smell Red Door perfume, because it reminds me too much of my mother, who has passed away. I miss things about her.

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  3. I love the line. Cozy. Though you never were that.
    Funny how smell can conjure up these feelings,
    eden

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  4. Fragrances can really bring back memories, can't they? I especially like the last line.

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  5. Ouch!!!! Almost missed you, great ending.I am so into smells....a certain scent can change my mood or my stomachin an istant. That last line was really good....I loved this.

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  6. Oh I love the power of scent...wonderfully captured here.

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  7. Wow, this really triggered things for me. There definitely are smells that ARE certain people. My mother was Oil of Olay! A boyfriend in the old days was English Leather. (Wonder if they still make that??)

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  8. ah, I almost missed you.

    says so much...

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  9. Very lovely...playing to the sense of smell ~

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  10. Very good. Smell so often overlooked, but capable of stirring so many memories.

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  11. Spring will do that to our sense of smell, bringing back memories half-heard, half-seen, half-smelled, but not entirely gone.
    K

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  12. Smells come back to haunt you with so much freight--something subliminal about them, and you catch that well here. Last line rules.

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  13. It's amazing how a scent can bring back vivid memories. You capture this quite well.

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  14. thanks, friends. *sniff*
    i think i have some edits for this one. xoxo

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  15. This is so so so so good. (Did I mention that this was good?)...I love it! I've had that experience and really it is so cool, like your poem.

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    1. ooooh, you flatter me. yeah, it's weird when it happens!

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