Scent to Tease

Love of perfume spans the ages
Persia Greece Rome Arabia
captured fragrance
herbs and spices
almond coriander myrtle
lovingly contained
in glass and porcelain
crystal and precious metal
in vase flacon and bottle
a pyramid of mingled scents
flowers and blossoms
fruits and leaves
secretly distilled
strong and passionate
subtle and delicate
amber orange honey peach
jasmine narcissus gardenia iris
rose peony orchid sandalwood
sensual statements
from ancient times
to Schiaparelli Dior Klein Chanel
art science nature commerce
musk cedar citrus pine
beaver civet and the honey bee
bitter sweet they drift
from head to heart

Tony French 2012

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