A Summertime love

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On just such a night
when the air is heavy
with the lusty scents
of summer
do I long for you

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Search for safety

where do you search
for safety when hatred
finds stronghold
in hearts and minds

where do you search
for safety?

in a world where faith
is the flashpoint
between life & death
nothing is bomb proof

shattered limbs, lives
and loves lost,
an ordinary place
becomes a mortuary

the echoes of wails of
frightened children
mirror the state of
women & men

where do you search
for safety when hatred
finds stronghold
in hearts and minds

flowery memory

imagemy mother’s favourite

jasmine like her is

small yet strong.

i liked to buy strands

from children hawking

them at traffic lights.

now they grow in our garden,

their vines offering a

fragrant reminder of Amma.

my coveted frangipani

has burst into bloom;

my son calls out

in excitement

anticipating my pleasure

i am pleased that he has

a fragrance to remember

me by, adding another flower

to the family tree

(Verses challenge Day 11)

Scent of intimacy

So they have gone and given a name for the aroma of fertile earth in the rain. Petrichor isn’t so pretty, eau d’amour ? would you like to try it on for size? a generic name just wouldn’t do for us, degrees of pleasure and intimacy vary.

rain
rain

so they have gone

and given a name

for the aroma of

fertile earth in the rain.

Petrichor isn’t so pretty;

Eau d’amour ?

would you like to try it

on for size?

a generic name just

wouldn’t do for us,

degrees of pleasure

and intimacy vary

(Verses challenge Day 9)