Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Perfume

I am delighted that Sanaa, our newest staff member of Poets United, is guest host today at the Midweek!  Enjoy!  
I will be back in August.  
Much love, Susan

Method by Loui Jover ~ Pinterest

Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back. ~ Marian Bendeth

Perfume is a story in odor, sometimes a poetry in memory ~ Jean Claude Ellena

Midweek Motif 

Perfume. The mere word and image brings to mind a thousand different things, as it's steeped in romance, in culture and in history worldwide.  

Perfume is thousands of years old, with evidence of the first perfumes dating back to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Cyprus. The English word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume, meaning "through smoke." In fact, legend has it that Cleopatra had the sails of her boat slicked with fragrant oils!

Your task today is to write a new poem that revolves around the idea of perfume. Feel free to take the subject in whichever direction that suits you i.e romantic, solemn, philosophical, dark etc.

by Charmaine Chircop

My cherished one...
Here I am, alone with stone wall paper
in the silence of my room.
The pit-pattering raindrops upon my windowsill
help me to remember, outside is cold and vacant too.
Here I lay, on my dark brown couch
 like on other nights and many afternoons.
Here I stay, undisturbed, with a pen in my left hand
Provoked to put black ink to paper
Seduced to write down unconscious thoughts
Terminal thoughts and deepest aches
wrapped in the echo of your absence.

If only you 'd knew, my rose was not seasonal
Its crimson still bleeds, like in yesterdays, now gone.
Its perfume still lingers between forgotten postcards
and the impossibility of separation.
Its petals once blown, still float across the boundless ocean
The same ocean that moves, that spreads breathlessly
between our lands, our lips and hands, but not our hearts
Nor the hundred fantasies that still reveal your footprints
along my distant winding paths.

by Andrea Dietrich

In primrose twilight, summer is still near.
She whispers in my ear; I hear her in
the one lone owl that hoots to only me.
I wake to find her shining through the clouds -
though breathing not so warmly on my cheek.
I glimpse her waning smile as in a field
I dance to soundless music in her sun.
My mind goes wandering, and in the breeze
I hear her sigh, for she is lingering
within the scent of asters that I pluck.
I’m hanging on to that one glint I see
of her before me in gold glitter dusk.
But in the cries of geese across the sky,
she calls goodbye, and sweet is her demise.

Michael Faudet ~ Perfume ~ Image from Pinterest

Please share a new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community
 (Next week Sumana's prompt will be ~ Dance)


  1. Such a beautiful prompt Sanaa! Love every word. And what a 'perfume' close!
    Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday :)

    1. Thank you so much, Sumana 😘 so glad you liked it!❤️

  2. Hello everyone and welcome to Midweek Motif: Perfume 🌷 Feel free to go wherever your muse takes you. I look forward to reading your poetic responses!❤️

  3. Wonderful prompt! So many possibilities!

    1. Thank you so much, Lori 😃 so glad you enjoyed it!❤️

  4. Hi Sanaa. Love the prompt. Thanks for hosting again.
    Hope you and all are having a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you so much, Myrna 😃 heading over to read you!❤️

  5. I am tired and uninspired, kids, but I do have a favourite smell. LOL. Thanks for the prompt, Sanaa.

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry 😘 Loved your poem!❤️

  6. I will be back to commen late, kids, heading out this morning for a couple of hours.

    1. Have a lovely day ahead!😃 See you on the poetry trail!❤️

  7. A lovely prompt Sanaa! Thank you for hosting.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda 😃 so glad you enjoyed it!❤️

  8. Good night poet friends. Hope you had a good day

    much love...

    1. Sweet dreams Gillena!❤️ See you tomorrow 😃

  9. I wanted to write something lovely and sensuous for this prompt – but that's not quite what happened, lol.

    1. Loved your poem, Rosemary!❤️ Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😃

  10. LOL- I just realized I did not post my link on MR. Linky! I'm getting daft in this heat!

    1. Aww that's all right!❤️ Heading over to read you!😃


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