Essence

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Slept with shadows and searched the earth;
longing to find armistice. Thus signed both
names with breath when rescued him from
death. Entranced with cherry tobacco scent
lingering soft upon your coat; while sharing
summer eve so sweet – dining with hot wine
and bread.

Lo! such strange perfume did he with roses
paint; thus shades of passion meld with soft
untroubled kiss. Oh scent as deep as waters
mend these throes of pain; silence and song
of heart with hope broke loose again. Hence
love and madness ran swift along with rain.

Smiles adorned and blessed the shore;
Knowing bliss shall reign forevermore.

 

 

Photo credits: www.pinterest.com

For my prompt “Nothing is more memorable than Scent” tomorrow at
8:00 am EDT.

Posted on poems written on Prompt Nights

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50 thoughts on “Essence

  1. Magaly Guerrero says:

    There is something alluring (and nearly maddening) about scents… the way we attach them to people and places and memories… the way they can take us there (and to them) in just a second…

    I really like the last two lines of the second stanza. There is something catchy about the movement of the imagery, about what it’s promised.❤

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Debi,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  2. gillena says:

    The essence of lingering forever is a strong and potent statement. luv how you captured and brought to life the feeling of the persona in your inimitable style

    Thanks for a lovely prompt Sanaa

    much love…

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Barbara,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

  3. Bjorn says:

    Scents are so strong to invoke emotions through memories. And you can never tell when a smell is upon you.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Bjorn,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Jae Rose,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

  4. Mary says:

    As the poem began, I wasn’t sure whether it was recalling a pleasant or unpleasant experience. But, as it unfolded and concluded, I like the way the poem ends with hope!

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Mary,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Totomai,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

  5. Sherry Marr says:

    The image that accompanies your poem is truly wonderful. I wonder who the artist is. Such remarkable lines: “oh scent as deep as waters mend those throes of pain”. Wow! Beautifully written, as always, Sanaa. You are very talented.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Matthew,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Victoria,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Thotpurge,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Dsnake,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Absolutely love the art work. Your words are wedded well to it, become her words, her feelings. Scent is such a rich topic and you have explored it well, and with fine-line detail,

    Elizabeth

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 😀
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 🙂
      xoxo

  7. Wendy Bourke says:

    Loved the way that you used scent to frame this piece – the sense of smell having such a strong effect on memory (probably more so than any of our other senses). This is a beautifully written poem and I really enjoyed reading it … for me: up there with some of your best work.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Wendy,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  8. L. Moon says:

    I love the way you worked scent to your advantage. There is something mysterious in tobacco wafted off another person. Love the deep scent of romance Sanaa.

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