Painful perfume

How petals of roses been wrung
for its sensitive oil
How apples been bruised,
and plants been beaten to dust
How ambergris carved from intestines of whales
been blended with lavender blooms
     crushed into pulp.
it cannot be strange that I sense
their wounds in the predator way
you try your seduction with venomous whiffs
     of bloodless perfume.

A poem on scents for Sanaa at toads on scent.

November 18, 2019

9 responses to “Painful perfume

  1. This is incredibly evocative, Bjorn! ❤️ So much goes into creating perfume .. especially like; “How ambergris carved from intestines of whales been blended with lavender blooms crushed into pulp.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt.

  2. Humans are not that humane are they? No wonder most of the animal kingdom don’t trust us. We don’t think much of the plant world either but luckily they don’t scream.

  3. Seduction is a violence here, sex and death redolent in its making. Very sharp observations on the source and nature of perfume. Well done.

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