Fragrance: Awakens a Myriad Sensations

Woke up this morning to find an announcement that I had won the Certificate of Outstanding Performance for the below poem on the prompt “Fragrance”.


That which wafts through the air,
Carried by the wind, tickles my nostrils,
Rises, ebbs; percolates each cell, each sinew fills,
Awakens my senses, conjures an image, invigorates,
Plays hide and seek in my head, sparks a memory, soothes…

The smell of the earth after the rains,
The salt in the sea breeze, the sweetness of fresh hay,
The whiff of crackling dried leaves and wood in the day,
Amma’s ground spices simmering in earthen pots,
And I’m re-born; freed from twining, tangling knots…

The soft, tingling perfume of white jasmines tied in garlands,
Yellow-orange marigolds, the drifting aroma of powdered sandal,
The redolence of burning incense, camphor and freshly picked basil,
The tender balm of dusk, the freshness of dawn,
And I’m bathed; my soul cleansed, pure, as a carefully tended lawn…

The sweet scent of red and white roses in the garden,
Orchids, lilies and tulips arranged in crystal and ceramic vases,
The pungency of Christian Dior’s, ‘Poison’, in deep violet bases,
Interspersed with a fragrance: subtle, barely there; I can’t place my finger on,
And I’m strong; my spirit dances- I feel her presence, she’s here, she hasn’t gone…


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9 responses to “Fragrance: Awakens a Myriad Sensations”

  1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    This is such a beautiful poem, Smitha.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so so much Robbie. Love it when I get your comments.


  2. Mukhamani Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha, such a lovely poem.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you very much…Am so happy you liked it and happy you visited my blog😊❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    You’ve done a great job in capturing the way fragrance holds memories Smitha – and you’re having a lot of success with your poems. Well done!


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      😊Thank you so much for the encouragement . I’ve always loved these fragrances and there are some more which evoke strong memories like the smell of bread baking in the oven…It’s a small beginning Andrea. I need to work much harder and read much more but with so much going on around me, it’s tough. Do let me know how I could improve my writing based on your own experience. Thank you so much again.

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  4. V.J. Knutson Avatar

    Beautiful poem well deserving of an award.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you! Am so happy you feel this way. It means a lot to me. I’m sorry I took so long to reply but there have been too many things going on around me…some good, some not so good. But you’re comment made me smile…so Thank

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