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A World of Common Scents/ d’Verse Poetics- Childhood Reminiscence

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Me giving a nervous ‘city slicker’ friend a ride on good ole’ Nugget

Freshly mown hay’s
Sweet aroma wafts
Surrounding a sweaty beast

Interrupted by leather
Stomping the air
Pungently delicious

Saddling a moment
All encompassing,
Nostrils flaring

Recovery secured
Time standing still
Fragrant reminiscence

Nothing teleports me back to my happy childhood more immediately than the combined aromas of horse, leather, and hay.


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

11 thoughts on “A World of Common Scents/ d’Verse Poetics- Childhood Reminiscence

  1. My big sister (#3 of 4, also a Susan) was the only one who rode. She came back from the stables sniffing her hands delightedly “ah, horse!” whereupon my mum insisted “bath!”
    Well-smelled, Susan … coumarin in the hay delights me … I am a botanist and the names of the different grass species is a litany, an incantation, an enchantment …

    1. Oh my! There may truly be something in a name.
      Thank-you very much for the science information involved in the creation of one of the most intoxicating aromas.
      Your poetic inclination obviously comes from a deep love of the natural world. Bravo!

  2. You took me there, back to my rural roots, hay, horses and leather, I can smell it. That is one big horse (getting up towards clydesdale size).

  3. This is such a wonderfully poignant write, Susan! I love the scent of leather and the idea of time standing still 😍😍

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