JT (June 4th,1961...Gemini / Bronx, New York)

Scents And Remembrance

Remembering birthdays at the beach:
drawing you backward
with the undertow,
your feet still in the surf,
the sand rushing between your toes

As you look up to watch
the ever-widening expanse of the past,
moving fast before you,
and you grow smaller, a boy
snorting the olfactory senses of childhood
when you still believed...

Hearing, once again, your mother call to you

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About the power of scent to draw you back... I remember being 10 and at the beach with my family, too.