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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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Posted on the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. 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.❤

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Magaly,

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

  2. Forgot to say that your chosen artwork is just glorious!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww thank you! ❤❤

  3. debi says:

    Those first two lines are so powerful and the scents you mention are heady.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Debi,

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

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    “Oh scent as deep as waters
    mend these throes of pain;”…ah…this could be felt deeply and what lovely end!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sumana,

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

  5. 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…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

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

  6. barbara says:

    Beautifully written! I love the smell of cherry tobacco. Thanks for the great prompt, Sanaa! xo

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Barbara,

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

  7. Bjorn says:

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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Bjorn,

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

  8. Jae Rose says:

    Painting the perfume of roses is such a wonderful image – and what a joyful thought that armistice will come along with smiles and bliss

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Jae Rose,

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

  9. 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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Mary,

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

  10. totomai says:

    The imagery of “scents” here is outstanding. After all the swirls and twirls of relationships, hope wins.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Totomai,

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

  11. gillena says:

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today Sanaa

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

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

  12. What scents can conjure up for us…such memories entwined ending with a hopeful note…lovely!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Donna,

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

  13. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sherry,

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

  14. It is so true, that scent evokes so much. It brings you back to things in the past, or makes you appreciate the present even more. Like you do… nice job.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Matthew,

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

  15. I feel the pure cleansing of rain in this, Sanaa–that cooling down so needed in passionate relationships.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Victoria,

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

  16. Thotpurge says:

    Love and madness running in the rain.. just the kind of image I love!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Thotpurge,

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

  17. dsnake1 says:

    i have been reading a number of positive poems lately!
    this poem is so gorgeous and enthralling!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Dsnake,

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

  18. 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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

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

  19. Such a beautiful and descriptive poem Sanaa! I can almost smell the cherry tobacco scent that lingers softly upon a coat. Lovely ❤

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Khaya,

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

  20. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Wendy,

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

  21. Rommy says:

    The description of the scents really draw a person into the story.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Rommy,

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

  22. Gina says:

    Sweet summer evenings and the smell of pipe tobacco are 2 of my favourite scents..deep and rich 😀 XXX

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gina,

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

  23. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Leslie,

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

  24. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    I’m glad for the hope-filled words that close this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello MMT,

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

  25. Ellecee says:

    This poem is lovely. Scents do bring to mind so many lost times., both painful and happy. I love your language here, so poignant 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Ellecee,

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

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