Petrichor

by Megan Chapman   Jun 14, 2018


Here on the driest continent on earth
the smell of rain was named.
Eminent CSIRO scientists both,
Isabel Bear and Richard Thomas,
intrigued by the phenomenon of this unique odour,
so familiar to we hardy souls who love our sunburnt country,
chose a name for it that evokes Greek gods,
Petrichor, they called it, the blood of the stone.

Recognising this scent,
cattle on arid land,
though long unfamiliar with rain,
become restless.
And, as the humidity rises,
its promise of rain as yet unrecognised
except by them,
Tiny tiny amounts of moisture seep into thirsty
drought stricken
clay and rocks and soil
and work their magic
deep in the very pores of them
until the oil so named for the fluid of the gods
is flushed out
and released
in multitudes of minuscule champagne bubbles of petrichor,
each one redolent with that welcome 'here comes the rain' smell,
as the earth sighs and opens
and the rain that the humidity promised,
brings life and relief and renewal
and carries the warm earthy aroma of that tenuous essence derived from stone
out
into the wind,
joyously spread far and wide.

So too, kindness and listening and acceptance
opens a soul shrivelled and hardened from a longtime lack of love ....
And as it responds to love
the subtle aroma of trust is emitted,
warm and earthy just like petrichor…

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  • 3 days ago

    by silvershoes

    Excellent writing about a subject that's never crossed my mind. An educational poem! How cool.

    "and the rain that the that the humidity promised"
    A mistype? 'that the' is written twice

    • 3 days ago

      by Megan Chapman

      Thank you so much for your kind words silvershoes.
      Well spotted, it is indeed a mistype! I'm new here, so how can I edit that? Can I edit it?

    • 2 days ago

      by silvershoes

      You absolutely can make edits. Click your username in the top right and an option should drop down "manage your texts." Click that, scroll to the poem, and then hit edit.

  • 4 days ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Congratulations, Megan.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. If I could buy a can of 'Petrichor' I'd spray it each morning! :)

    Well done.

    • 4 days ago

      by Megan Chapman

      Thank you Mr. Darcy. It's such a welcome smell when you've been waiting for that rain through a long dry spell. It would be a nice start to a morning :D

  • 4 days ago

    by Tanya Southey

    I love this poem. Well done, Megan!

  • 5 days ago

    by Mark

    Congrats! Great win

    • 4 days ago

      by Megan Chapman

      Thank you so much Mark. I'm feeling honoured.

  • 5 days ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Congrats on your win

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