Purity and Other Things

by Maple Tree   Jul 2, 2018

Sweet flavors of nectar
dance upon my tongue
like a midnight mass
under a sinner's moon.

Pupils dilate within a knothole
separating my body from the one I spy upon
it's innocence allows me to smell lavender,
roses and honeysuckle.

Vines cling like a lover in denial-
heartbroken yet hopeful and still
my spine tingles from visions
of a fire in July, red thunder during October
and snowfall in February.

I have a mind that whispers within attics,
remembers songs that smell like Mary Jane;
sorrow, from yesterday, day before that
and so on-

I smile while daffodils wave
goodbye, cry when petals fall
and yearn for yesterday-

when my heart sang of happiness.


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  • 1 year ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Stunning write Andrea :-) This line particularly resonated ... "remembers songs that smell like Mary Jane" ... I love how songs can evoke other senses to respond!
    Fantastic :-) x

  • 1 year ago

    by Aegis

    Every bit of this had me on the edge of my seat with goosebumps all over! The first stanza immersed me in a daydream layered thick with nostalgia. Almost like the most surreal moment of de ja vue. I think that "sinners moon" really spoke to me.
    But those second and third stanzas are what completely sold me. I could smell each distinct flower both separately and together. I suddenly had vines instead of veins. Rooted firmly by your words I felt the fireworks and the lightning and the stillness of snowfall.
    And I absolutely loved the way you tied a sound directly to a smell. And then you wrapped it up with something I strongly relate to: longing for the past.
    All in all this was a masterpiece from beginning to end. 12/10 for me:)

  • 1 year ago

    by Maple Tree

    Thank you ladies :-)

  • 1 year ago

    by Brenda

    Andrea, this is just beautiful. You have this way with words. They flow like water...hugs-

  • 1 year ago

    by Em (marmite)

    Extremely moving

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