Scents Sense….…..

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Odours full of memories
tinctures of days gone by,
as you inhale the scents
close your eyes and fly
right back in time
to the memory held,
let your mind flow,
let your happiness meld.
Inhale again, lock on to a scene you recall,
entranced by the seashore, the circling gulls call ,
or tramping through the wood, walking a forest floor
hearing brittle twigs snap, once, twice, thrice, more.
Suddenly seeking a known figure, surely just there?
no, just sadly mistaken, howe’er long you stare.
‘Tis bitter sweet knowledge you finally learn
you cannot go back, you cannot return.
LadyP©2013

42 responses to “Scents Sense….…..

  1. Wünsche dir einen guten Tag die Erinnerungen ist das beste was ein Mensch hat man bewahrt sie in seinen Herzen.Lieber Grüß Freundschaft.Gislinde

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  2. Very true Pen!🙂

    Memory can take us back, but we can never again walk where once we trod.

    Love and hugs always!

    Prenin.

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  3. So very true. If only we could go back to a special time in our lives, if just for a little while.

    Hugs,
    Beth

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  4. Sometimes certain scents bring back a flood of memories for me as well, Pen. Like my mom’s perfume. I rarely catch that scent from some elderly woman, but every now and then when I do, I have mom on my mind.

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  5. Did you intend for the shape of the poem to resemble a container that could hold a fragrance?

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    • Oh yes, Alexander, I try to accomplish a shape which compliments the poem, it takes a while and sometimes I give up in despair. BUT this time it worked…🙂 (after republishing it 3 times …. it wouldn’t hold central position)
      xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  6. The power of memory and scent is a strong thing, isn’t it? I have this happen to me all the time and I drift back trying to recall the moment where that scent engulfed me but the details are blurry and like you said, I can never go back to that time. Bittersweet indeed.

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    • It is Andini, very strong sometimes. I suppose it depends on how much we feel the need to ‘see’ or ‘hear’ and ‘touch’ the subject of the memory… To experience the moment forever held in stasis, mayhap see a loved one’s face again. Utterly priceless… xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  7. very beautiful in every way, Pen. Scent is so powerful and as elusive as memory. That shape, too – remarkable! Love having you back. Oh, did I say that already?

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    • My thanks Monica, glad you enjoyed this one, ‘cos It flowed easily onto Live Writer without too many changes, it happens like that sometimes, … and yup, you did, but I won’t get tired of hearing it… ‘cos it’s just simply mind blowing to be back again…xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  8. yes indeed! sweet memories come to mind and bring back so much goodness
    thank you dear Lady

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  9. It’s always nice to look back and remember, Pen, and keep the memories alive. I have a dream every now and then when I’m back in those days of memories, and there’s always something new that I remember!

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    • It’s amazing to me how many triggers there are to aid memory, scents, sounds … the odd word.. (or even one😉 ) Sir Aquatom…Marvellous system our brains…and no need for upgrades methinks.. xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  10. Ever so glad you are back, Lady Pen … never forgot you for one day … have so much to tell you … purrs and whoofs … Always,cat.

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  11. So beautifully written! and so truly said, I often wish I could go back in time, relive those good memories, at least escape for a little while.

    It is great to visit your blog again. I’m so sorry about my absence.

    I’ve started a new blog, with the same username. I’ll be posting there now mostly. Have a look if you like🙂

    http://thelonevagabond.wordpress.com/

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  12. That first line sparked my interest in this piece, Pen. Wow! The smell of frying chicken does it everytime. Brings my Granny and all those rich memories back to me. The smell of horses and I am back on my farm listening to them munch their evening meal and make soft nickering noises. Spring! The sweet, moist smell of spring brings back the feeling of energy and warmth of every single spring in days gone by. I like memories and accept the bad and marvel at the good ones. There’s something there that built the me I am today as I live in it. Beautiful writing, Pen.

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    • For me it’s fried bacon, Leslie, which whisks me back to my grandmothers kitchen. But sadly not all bacon, just the dry cured has the right odour. I don’t know if it’s all in the mind, but somehow nothing tastes as good as the food she prepared. Glad you enjoyed this piece my lovely friend. xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  13. Certain smells on certain summer days takes me back to Vietnam in 1970, the scent itself brings forth memories like a kaliedoscope of images, some good , some bad.
    Enjoyed reading your words Pen.
    Emu

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  14. Oh Pen, this evokes memories I sometimes try hard to shut out, but the bitter-sweetness of them still haunts me.😦

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  15. Tes mots miss Pen sont vraiment superbes de lecture !!!! j’aime énormément ta vision poétique !!! bisous

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  16. The poem feels a little sad…but it’s true what some of the commenters have said..we can really “go back in time”…there is this saying about how one can’t step into the same river twice? Everything is in motion and moving, however going back to have a look at some parts of our lives so that we may see it with new eyes, to learn and to heal can be done..even then the perception of it will be different too!

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    • I suppose it is sad, Shree, in that we cannot step through the portal of memory and experience the ‘moment’ held stasis in time. Though the mere ability to remember and ‘feel’ the emotion enables us to relive the pleasure or pain until some sort of acceptance is learned… Who knows what may be possible in the future? I wonder… xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  17. Small things bring us back in time We cant ignore that. But we enjoy and remember Soms painfull sometimes with happiness.Ur words are beautiful and always strong right from the heart
    enjoy the weekend Lady P

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    • I’m so pleased you enjoyed the reading of this one Sweeti, it’s a subject which draws me, pulls me to write about it… Acceptance is the key to some things, but not all…methinks. Hope you’re having a great week-end my friend…. xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  18. Wünsche dir ein schönes glückliches Weekend .Grüße dich lieb Gislinde

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  19. So good to remember sweet memories , to keep at bay those bitter one’s you must. Although I find it hard to do so. Lovely poem from the heart Pen.
    Have a lovely weekend my friend.
    xSheila x

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    • Glad you enjoyed this one Sheila, the triggers which aid our memories to ‘see’ and almost feel the past experience seem too many to list… but I find scents are the most prolific… Hope your weekend is a good one my friend. xPenx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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  20. Hi Pen, loved the poem. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately.. Its so weird as we grow up we lose touch with the things that actually matter.. Just 5 min of love and peace of mind would make such a big difference.. Wish the world would go back in time, maybe to the 90s.. Good old days.. Thanks for the poem..
    Sheena xoxo

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    • Nearly missed your comment Sheena, sincere apologies for the late reply…This one is a favourite subject of mine… Our memories being triggered by an aroma, a scent bringing back a person/place or time for a short while… Loved your response and may I proffer a warm hug from me to you….xxxx
      Einsteins_Dreamscape_by_TomWilcox

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