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Why should men have to smell like their fathers?
Come closer, dear one, so I can remember your smell:
Lillies of the valley, or a tropical morning scent
that means you're up and about, preparing the day.
A slight twinge comes from the scent of mint, outside
air and cigarettes bringing the memory of you home
from work the first time, but now from death.
The real depression comes in knowing that, once dead,
nothing can be brought back, especially by scent.
But isn't it true that you can live through me?
If so, haunt me with scent, with touch, with voices
that can tell me how and when I'll get through this.
© 2013 Nicholas Emeigh
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Part of the group "Record-A-Poem," and part of the Playlist "The Poetry of Nicholas Emeigh" which includes 40+ other poems.
Notes: This poem was written on April 4, 2008, in memory of my mom.
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