dVerse — Poetics — heaven scent (haibun)

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Last step before getting ready to leave for yesterday’s bike ride was spraying on SPF. Being used to creams and lotions, right away I detected the aerosol’s almost petroleum smell which took a front seat to coconut.

Along the pastures hedged by tall corn was a herd of black cow mothers with their two-tone calves. A slight manure, cut-grass scent tickled my nosehairs.

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Along the river and bayou lifted reek of decaying vegetation.

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On my way to one trailhead’s end, a vibrant border of hydrangea, spirea, and assorted flora traveled the trail for a good 100 feet or more. The lack of any aroma was disappointing.

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Homebound traveler
against the wind, surprised by
heaven-scented bonnet.

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Jo (aka Worms) is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Jo says:
Tonight’s challenge, if you choose it accept it, is to write a poem of scents. I hope you enjoy it!

38 Comments Add yours

  1. beautiful Lisa!
    💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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  2. What a journey… flowers lacking scent is a true disappointment…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      100% in agreement. What’s the point of a flower without its scent? Eye candy has little nutritional value.

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  3. Raivenne says:

    I felt as I were walking alongside you in this scent laden sojourn. I am happy you saved the best scent for last to linger.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Raivenne, thank you. It was really in that order also 🙂

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely lovely, Lisa! 😍😍 I agree, lack of scent can be disappointing indeed. Thank you for taking us along on the journey 💘

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa so happy you enjoyed the jaunt, thank you ❤

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  5. Very atmospheric haibun, as well as contrasted with man made scent and the unforrunate odour of decay…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, thank you. I am almost afraid to read yours 😦

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  6. Ron. says:

    Haibuniliciously done, L. Thanks.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    I like this way of recounting your journey. It enlarges it. (K)

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  8. Grace says:

    I felt that I was going along with you for the ride. How disappointing to discover the lack of aroma. Love the photos and of course, the heaven scented bonnet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Grace.

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  9. A very enjoyable smell trail. I loved going with you on your bike ride and the inclusion of photos. And that haiku at the end is just gorgeous. Thank you!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jo, for your comment and your prompt!

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  10. Sadje says:

    Very well described Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        My pleasure

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Nothing like the smell of nature, Lisa. I love those farm smells. Very nice ride with you through countryside.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dwight, glad you enjoyed the ride.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome!

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  12. kim881 says:

    I was with you all the way, Lisa! Wish I could still ride my bike, but arthritis and asthma have put a stop to it. I get a similar effect on my evening walk around the village though, substitute horses for cows and there you have a ’slight manure, cut-grass scent’ and our river often reeks of decaying vegetation in the current heatwave. I love the haiku and its ‘heaven-scented bonnet’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kim, thanks, and glad you connect with the sensory bits of it.

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  13. Brendan says:

    Funny how deep the world becomes through its scents. A lavish ride here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Brendan. Indeed.

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  14. jazzytower says:

    Sounds like a fun ride, thanks for taking us along.

    Pat

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was and you’re welcome, Pat ❤

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  15. Gillena Cox says:

    Enjoyed this journey of scents.
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine.

    Muvh💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome and thanks, Gillena.

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  16. Helen says:

    It felt as though I had a seat on your bicycle …. wheeeeeee. The scents you describe including the manure brought back so many memories of childhood on my grandparent’s farm, cut grass, I am thankful my nose still works! So many of my friends in their 80s have diminished sense of smell.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, glad to have you along on the ride. Of all of the scents that day, the rose blanketed me the strongest with its beautiful fragrance. Happy your nose still knows its way around 🙂

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  17. Rob Kistner says:

    Wonderful haibun Lisa, and splendid pictures!m🙂✌🏼❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, thank you ❤

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  18. Li, thank you for taking us with you on this ride and while reading this I realised how we take our sense of smell for granted. Smell certainly enhances the depth of what we see. This reminds me to be more mindful on my walks. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you very much for your comment and for sharing what you gleaned from it. ❤

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