New Published Poem – “Perfume” 3


S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayLine Zero - Quarterly Indie Arts & Writing JournalMy poem “Perfume” has recently been accepted for publication in the May issue of the magazine Line Zero.  Be sure to order a copy of the magazine and help support a new independent press!

Because I retain all rights to to my poem, I am able to post it here for your reading pleasure before the issue is released.  I hope you like it.

 

Perfume by S.C. Barrus

.

It was sitting just so,

there on top of the dresser,

your small bottle of clear perfume,

scent of gin and rosemary,

so I picked up the bottle

and squeezed one puff

in a mist, my eyes closed.

.

The music was soft piano

and the violin

both swaying in the breeze,

hand on shoulder, hand on waist,

those melancholy strings

humming their sonorous

blue tunes.

.

She read her book,

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

with a blanket draped over her legs

wearing my sweatshirt, her glasses

and dark foggy eye shadow.

“How does it compare to the movie?”

I asked. “It doesn’t,” she said

and smiled, dropped her eyes

back to the pages

she once smelled before purchasing.

.

All in all, my life is entirely

bearable, because of music

and poetry, the rustles sound of trees,

coffee and a good book,

and a dark beer with a friend

making a fool out of myself at karaoke,

and that look she gives me

and the perfume she wears;

all these pleasant mysteries.

I hope one day to bottle them up

in a sweet perfume for anybody

who is lonely. I will sell it cheap

and name it maybe “Sanctum”

or perhaps “Serenity”.

Farewell from S.C.B.

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