Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Thursday Think Tank - #28 Smell

"The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind." 
 ~Thalassa Cruso, To Everything There is a Season, 1973
We have come upon the time of year where families, cultures and traditions of all kinds from around the world seem to collide in celebration. In the spirit of this season we figured this prompt would be the most fitting without tying us to one culture or theme.

No matter the way you celebrate the end of a year and the coming of a new year there is always something that smells like a memory. Maybe its grandma’s fresh baked apple pie, pine needles, incense or a freshly stoked fire; something will tease your nose with a fond memory.

With this prompt you don’t have to be tied to a holiday or even this time of year or happiness. Maybe when you are standing outside a soft ocean breeze sneaks into your mind and you are back in your youth frolicking on the beach. Possibly the smell of fresh hot McDonalds fries has your mouth watering. Regrettably so, a smell can even cause you to think of sad or unwanted times. Whatever smell pops into your head and onto your keyboard we hope you will share it with us.

We look forward to reading your stinky poems of one sort or another.

If you have a prompt idea that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

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1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.


  1. So glad I am taking part in this here today.
    Hoping you enjoy it
    Thanks and hugs, Poets!


  2. Robert,

    I enjoyed composing this poem. I could very easily, scent the smells as I was writing!

    Best wishes, Eileen

  3. Lets see how good my nose do stand lol

  4. Wonderful prompt. I love the smell of mud after a shower and i have fond memories of being outside during that time.

  5. An somewhat true tale inspired by my pug.

  6. mine isn't purely on smell but fragrant world.. of love
    cheers people:)

  7. I enjoyed this one; so many direction to go in.
    Great prompt! Thank you!


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