dVerse and earthweal OLW — Florette to Incense

field of vervain
sun rising on field of vervain

When weariness draws dreamland nigh
Going through motions, relaxed sighs
Tiny match light touches incense
Thin snaking smoke of varied scents lazily rise

Powdered sticks, olfactory joy
of roses, lilacs, sweetly coy;
some heavy sage or pink vervain,
their tendrils rising just the same — heaven’s deploy.

Nightly rituals, prayers said
Aroma blanket cushions bed
It asks little but gives so much
Humble protection with its touch vanquishes dread.

 

 

Gina is the hostess at dverse this evening. She has asked us to consider the ordinary things in our lives that, “present themselves to make our lives a little easier and a lot happier.” An ordinary thing that has done just that for me has been incense. It makes sleep arrive swiftly, knowing it willingly gives itself to my protection, both awake and in the dreamworld.

I offer today a 3-stanza florette in honor of humble incense.

I’m also linking this to earthweal’s Open Link Weekend.

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina says:

    this was lovely and dreamy, your words as aromatic as the incense you write about. the form fits the mood you have created or maybe created the mood, as it wraps the words at the end of each stanza. the poem itself is enough to lullaby me to a deep peaceful sleep. thank you for writing this, a lovely tribute to the humble incense and the simple joy of good sleep. really beautiful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gina thank you so much. I’m glad it connected with you and the feedback is appreciated ❤

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  2. Jim Feeney says:

    Well crafted and fragrant too! Well done! Jim

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jim, the feedback is appreciated.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    I can smell the insense and hear the tinkling of strings as music plays. Maybe even beads hanging on long strings in the doorway as well!. Well Done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      your imagination has created a lovely place 🙂

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  4. The words drift. You almost reconcile me to incense 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      have you tried the kind without bamboo sticks in it? if you haven’t you should. i will get you burning it yet 😉

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      1. I didn’t know any of them had bamboo sticks in them. The New Age style boutiques burn it, the Lebanese and the North Africans and it all smells horrible to me. It gets into your clothes, like the smell of curry or coriander.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          if there is a long stick underneath where the incense is attached it’s bamboo “punk”. that has a noxious odor to it when it burns. check out nipponkodo.com and you’ll see the kind without bamboo

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          1. I think all the kinds I’ve seen have a stick attached. It’s so they can fit in those little holders…

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            1. msjadeli says:

              every box of nippon kodo comes with a small ceramic incense holder. you put it in and it stands vertically. just have to have it on a surface/plate/etc. to catch the ash

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              1. And it doesn’t smell like hippie clothes shops?

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  there are dozens of scents to choose from, not sure if that is one they are offering 😉

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                  1. I bet they are, for the retro appeal 🙂

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  5. msjadeli says:

    Rob Kistner, I accidentally deleted your comment but wanted to thank you for the feedback. There is a key combo, when hit, that instantly deletes comments and there is no recovering them 😦

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  6. I love this, and I love the smell of good incense…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      thank you, yes it does…

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  7. Incense, as you know too well Li, are a part of religious rituals in my part of the world and this your beautiful florette created created such a serene atmosphere.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, I’m so glad you found it serene. It is part of my rituals that I consider religious, so that’s probably why ❤

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  8. Oh I do love the scents in this… a wonderful poem that made want to add some incense to my evening.

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  9. Teresa says:

    Love the way you blend the senses here, especially the tendril of smoke.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Teresa, glad you like it.

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  10. Oh my Gosh! i had a Cold
    And Lost my Sense of
    Smell and Flavors For
    A Whole year and
    Even More
    Amazingly A
    Once Grinch Heart
    Grew Grew 10 times Brighter in
    Compensation for the lost Flavors..
    Life Brings
    A Greater
    Magic in
    Light out of Dark
    For those who Do Believe..
    Merry Christmas From Santa! With Poor Taste..
    Got Stuck Playing Frosty And Rudolph again too..;)

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  11. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the florette form, nice sound.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank.

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  12. iidorun says:

    Olfactory joy is my favorite phrase here. Lovely capture of an “ordinary” item and the extraordinary-ness surrounding it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your feedback.

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  13. Sherry Marr says:

    I love incense too. Amazing, the lift it gives. I especially love Nag Champa from the Himalayas, which transport me briefly to Tibet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cool on the incense. I haven’t smelled Nag Champa from the Himalayas, but a transport to Tibet sounds pleasing 🙂

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  14. kim881 says:

    I can smell that ‘thin snaking smoke of varied scents’, Lisa, and I love joss sticks. My current favourite scent is chamomile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ooh! I haven’t tried chamomile scent yet either. Sounds like I have to add a couple to the list for the next order.

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  15. earthweal says:

    I love the sense here that incense is a sweet-smelling veil, covering one’s fear and creating an enveloping peace. – Brendan

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Brendan, it is.

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