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Merely an observation of many who’ve thrown in the towel.  Staying alive is to know fragrance comes in many forms.

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          by Odin Roark

What glides before him
This movement of grace
Inducing memory
Of fragrant presence

Flowers of long ago
Waft through light leaks
Cracks in the closure
Where mind’s nakedness 
Once roamed

Aroma’s constant friend
Visited often
This heart of romantic wanderings

Whether at a seashore’s bamboo bar
Manhattan’s concert in the park
Or a rainy night in Vermont
All stood attentive to awakening’s dew point


Amidst the clarity of drifting’s past
His desert café of coffee and unlit cigarettes
Neon flashes spark the mirrors
“Open 24 hours”

Such recalls the never sleep
Always ready heart and mind
Once forever gathering
Scents of old and young

Now but the aroma of standing coffee
Where spoon and cream
Offer little relief
Where perfume will never dance

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:43:00 PM
    Really nice Poem Odin....stanzas 1 -3 just melt in thy mouth to read...really sensual and luring........then the transition to some moments leave a lasting impression for a lifetime and how we yearn to be taken back experience it again.......Really enjoyed .....Shaz

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 7:37:00 PM
    what glides beside him... Odin, I like the change in the imagery... time.... love the poem... LINDA