Thursday, July 14, 2011

Haystack Scenes in Scents

In Woods

Citrusy pine oils from living trees (and thick carpets of fallen needles)
Spongy, mossy humus (not to be confused with hummus)
Ferns unfurling
Footsteps on the forest floor sound like
walking on a cork surface
that's hollow underneath

Sunlight on a sawdust path

Hot shop

from the armpits of women
and the armpits men
Melting beeswax,
wet newspapers burning dry,
soaked cherry wood steaming sweetly,
The dusty smell of fire brick

A picnic on the rocks or a dinner in the hot shop

Molten butter
and the salty sea

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