In the attic of my mind, memories
are like dust motes riding sunbeams,
set in motion by scents linked to
sometimes seemingly insignificant
moments in life’s journey.
The subtle scent of lilac takes
me back to the yard gate of my
childhood home, where the
lilac bloomed profusely every
Spring, its sweet fragrance a witness
to my learning to roller skate, and
later to my first kiss.
The delicate scent of new-mown hay,
its sweet smell released by the kiss
of prairie sun, conjures memories
of pedaling down country roads
where pheasants nested in the fencerows
and red-winged blackbirds perched on
fence posts singing their joy to the world.
The pungent scent of coffee brewing
is reminiscent of the battered percolator on
my grandmother’s big cook stove
that sent a wake-up call to all and sundry to
gather at the big round table for country ham,
biscuits and gravy, and a huge platter of
sunny side-up eggs glistening with ham drippings.
The glorious smell of a coming rain
kissing the air with its fragrance before
it makes its way across fields of grain
takes me to mother’s garden, where first drops raise
puffs of dust before they soak into the rich
black soil, nurturing the fruits of mother’s
labor that sustain us through the winter.
The smell of sunshine and sweat is linked
to memories of my father returning from
work in the field, responding to my cry of
“Lift me, Daddy”, swinging me high in
his strong arms, instilling in me a sense of
being loved and special,
the greatest gift of all.
The smell of wood burning carries
me to a cozy room with fireplace in the great
Smoky Mountains, where I hear again
the voices and laughter of
dear friends now gone and
awaiting me in the great what comes after.
Scents are the gossamer golden strands
of our lives that enfold moments
and people we hold dear, so that we
might savor them time and time again.
I belong to a small group of women writers. Each month we choose a topic about which we write a brief essay or poem, and read what we have written. For February, the chosen topic was "Scents" and "Six Scents Worth" is the result.
Submitted for dVerse Open Link, February, 2017