Perhaps It’s The Cypress After All – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse guest host Jo is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write about scent.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – A World of Common Scents

Photo: State Forest reserve in Kirup, Western Australia, forests have their own, very complex scents.

“She stood for a long time breathing in and breathing in, the scent of the trees ….” Margaret Atwood

Perhaps It's The Cypress After All

Cypress stirs my body memory,
so too the wattle blossom of winter,
ah, yes, the wet dog after rain at the
salted, seaweed strewn beach remains,
along with cinnamon toast on a cold 
night's mist, the sweat of love pulsing
my inarticulate flesh, simple scents, 
the easy embodiments of youth.

But what of the hidden things,
is there a scent for wisdom or
compassion, is there a scent for 
soul, for reflection? 

Perhaps it's the cypress after all.



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19 Comments

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19 responses to “Perhaps It’s The Cypress After All – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Lovely and something to think about.

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  2. I believe so and my instincts prove it☺️

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. I think it may be that or it’s the scent of lilacs…

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  4. I love this! I rely so much on smell for memory.

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  5. I love the scents of trees…and yes, it may be a cypress after all. Enjoyed your reflections of the hidden things.

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  6. sanaarizvi

    Sigh .. This is gorgeously wise and thought-provoking, Paul! Yes, perhaps it’s the cypress after all. 😍😍

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  7. So lovely, Paul. I love the conclusion and I love the trail of scents you take us on. It’s comfort mixed with wisdom.

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  8. But what of the hidden things,
    is there a scent for wisdom or
    compassion, is there a scent for
    soul, for reflection?

    Perhaps it’s the cypress after all.

    mesmerizing

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