Saturday, May 22, 2010
Scent Must Be Described in Metaphor
The sense of smell, I understand, is the one that must be shared with metaphor. We can't describe a scent, smell, odor, fragrance any other way. This has to do with the ephemeral or abstract, even subjective nature of scent.
So when I share the close-up image of a gardenia, all I can really offer is this:
evening anticipation mingled with dread
and the hours before sweat, vomit and
As if that long-dead grandmother
watched with a smile
slid her still slender fingers
up and down the curtain's pleats.
The sheers, not the drapes.
The drapes smell of dust.
Posted by Sending Pages Out to Dry at 10:50 AM