Evoking the Cologne

Evoking the Cologne

A Poem by Chris Shaw

Dad's dressing gown
remained exactly where
he last placed it,
on a shiny brass hook
on his bedroom door,
where it stayed
in its navy blue state,
hanging lifeless long after
his fate had been sealed.

Long after his unexpected
demise and my eyes
had lost focus on life,
I would wear it.
Wrap myself in its embrace
close my lids then breathe in
the essence of him.

That familiar cologne
bringing him back
for a few precious moments
before the sense of loss
would kick in with vigour
and tear me apart
like a ripped seam.


© 2019 Chris Shaw


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this tore me apart...and made my eyes water...reminding me of my dad and how much i miss him...
and speaking of the cologne...i remember how particular he was about hygiene, the shave, the old spice, the showers...and then how in his last couple years he hated showers...didn't even realize he no longer cared about that....
so well written here.
j.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thanks Margie.
jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

and I thank you, too, Margie...
Chris' poem evoked so many feelings and memories for me...read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

i like your response also jacob...Old Spice all the way ... and always clean shaven ... except maybe.. read more



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The loss of a loved one is a powerful thing, and they say smell is the best way to stimulate memories, don't worry, you will never lose the scent, gram.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

You are so right. I also catch the scent of both my Grandmother's as well. It is a great comfort. Lo.. read more
This was very moving ThAnkyou 👌poetry like this has a magic way to take one back to somebody we lose ...I lost dad when my oldest was five he’s nearly 32 now and my grandfather when I was 21 so yes and mum nearly six years ago thanks Christine x

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Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

2 Years Ago

Yes I agree
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

2 Years Ago

i still have all my mothers nick nacks etc in different cupboards etc and also some of her favourite.. read more
Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

It's nice to keep them I think :) Thank you Julie.
this tore me apart...and made my eyes water...reminding me of my dad and how much i miss him...
and speaking of the cologne...i remember how particular he was about hygiene, the shave, the old spice, the showers...and then how in his last couple years he hated showers...didn't even realize he no longer cared about that....
so well written here.
j.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thanks Margie.
jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

and I thank you, too, Margie...
Chris' poem evoked so many feelings and memories for me...read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

i like your response also jacob...Old Spice all the way ... and always clean shaven ... except maybe.. read more
A really beauatiful flowing piece of poetry filled with sadness and loss. This is free verse at its best. Tight, descriptive and emotive, evocative writing.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Many thanks John. I am more a classical poet, but I do like to dabble with free verse every now and .. read more

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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