A Whiff of Carbolic

A Whiff of Carbolic

A Poem by Andrew John
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Frreeverse

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I sniff at my hands and oh!
Such scent, such ecstasy,
a memory presented to my nose.
But where do we find this block of adorable redness?

It was sold in every shop: lovable carbolic soap,
an aromatic compound, so ruddy, so redolent.
But this is now so rare; it merely
presents itself to my pleading mind -

a psyche that puts forth its arms,
a plea to a storehouse of valuable memory,
a whiff of an echo, an echo of an odour,
an odour that's been sent.

So who remembers, recalls a soap that's not
so round, bright pink, cream, blue or white,
that isn't sold in pretty-pretty paper?
We do so wish to sniff, sniff, sniff at an odour that's so old.

(3 Oct 2023)

© 2023 Andrew John


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Apparently scent is the strongest trigger of memory. This soap is the madeleine to your Proust. The meter and repetitions work well here.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Andrew John

2 Months Ago

Thanks so much for your comment, Casey.
I don’t recall carbolic but do have a strong memory of the box of yellow sunlight soap Mum used it to wash clothes before the powders came in
That scent brings my childhood back

Loved your write


Posted 4 Months Ago


Andrew John

4 Months Ago

Thanks for comment, Julie. As with Chris's comment on this page, we do seem to get thrown back in ti.. read more
Andrew John

2 Months Ago

Thank you very much, Tracey.
You took me back many years here. I can’t recall carbolic soap but when I lived with my Nan as a child, she used Wright’s coal tar soap. A yellow bar with a very distinct smell. Not unpleasant but not at all flowery and fragrant. Haven’t thought about that for years. Enjoyed the read.

Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


Andrew John

4 Months Ago

Thanks for comment, Chris. As with Julie's comment on this page, we do seem to get thrown back in ti.. read more

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Added on October 3, 2023
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Tags: soap, sniff, red, odor, odour, smell, carbolic, echo, memory

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Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom



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