the nose knows


this poet followed nose to see

all the smells that comfort me:

new mown hay… alfalfa, please

fresh laundry dried on gentle breeze

strong coffee brew drips into pot

wood shavings piled under knot

just bathed baby’s silken skin (the

top of head where hair grows thin)

lilacs, idyllic of childhood play and

an orchid corsage on Mothers Day

pancake breakfast with bacon frying

crunchy leaves when geese go flying

salty spray froth-whipped by boat or

wrapped warm in mother’s worn coat.



Link to dVerse where poets explore comforting smells…




20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 13:14:48

    Very well done.


  2. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 04, 2018 @ 15:59:19

    You made me realize how much my memories are affected by scents.


  3. V.J. Knutson
    Oct 04, 2018 @ 10:08:53

    You’ve captured so many comforting scents. I don’t normally notice smells, so found this challenging, but you have unleashed much awareness.


  4. rothpoetry
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 20:55:55

    Very nice! There are so many smells we could choose. I love all the ones you chose!


  5. Grace
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 19:32:33

    Love the list, specially the last one, mother’s worn coat.


  6. Gina
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 17:08:22

    love how the poet follows her nose, to the scents that will comfort her. a wonderful colection of scents , I stopped to savor them in my mind as I read – lovely poem!!


  7. Charmed Chaos
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 16:33:36

    What a beautiful collection of scents here.


  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 14:15:41

    Oh.. that was a great collection… especially love how you specify that special part of the baby.


  9. Beverly Crawford
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 13:12:56

    You’ve covered all my favorite scents succinctly and melodically. Bravo


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