Trying to Make Scent of it

Cut grass and ozone lifting off the asphalt
Floods the mind with memories
Each distinct with different feelings
With so many at once I sit, from reeling

Too many to separate them all
Words, thoughts, feelings and images
All together rolling down towards the puddle
Laughing, crying and stunned, most befuddled

I can’t imagine all this trouble
Trying to sort through all this rubble
Each pointing their fingers, finding fault
From the scent of cut grass and ozone lifting off the asphalt

© 2011 Michael Yost

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16 responses to “Trying to Make Scent of it

  1. loved the last stanza!

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  2. Good! You capture well how a flood of memories and feelings can explode with just a familar scent…or even the memory of a scent. When I think how keep animals sense of smell is, i.e., a dog’s, wolf’s horses, etc. I wonder why we under rate our sense of smell. Even as a child, I had a difficult time when bombarded by noxious scents. It is a gift we could use better, I am sure. Thanks for a good poem and one that makes me think. Can’t beat that! Hugs, pat

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  3. I thought it was interesting that you used the word scent. Can I guess if it’s because of the similarity to ‘sense’ that was the source of inspiration?

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    • Smelled both today. The answer may appear twice, having an issue with the computer. I changed the word in the title to scent because it made sense to me… smiles…

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  4. Scents are a powerful link, to something we have experienced before.
    A wonderful thought…

    Eileen

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  5. My favorite scent is fresh-cut grass. That was my childhood. Adulthood brought the asphalt, and you portrayed both with flair. Loved this, Michael! Amy

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  6. Beautiful scent of your words!

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  7. your productivity is amazing,
    keep it going.
    amen!

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  8. Scent is a trigger for memory. Music too. A fine poem, expecially the last stanza.

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