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Memory Smells.

Updated on October 3, 2014
Antique Books.
Antique Books.

The musty smell of ancient books,

greets me at the entrance.

I breathe in deeply, loving it.

Feeling soothed with memories.

Memory Smells!!!. Oh ! What a gift.

They carry us lightly , swiftly over time.

And how real they seem..... these memories.

As though we've used a Time-machine.

The heady aroma of Apple blossom.....

Suddenly l am with my mum.

I am but a child, as she kisses me


Grandma is downstairs,

And mum and dad will dance away the evening.

How vividly l see her now.

The satin dress and rustle of her petticoats

All this from one brief "Whiff"

Of Apple Blossom perfume..

Sadly no pictures remain in my possession of mum in her beautiful ball gowns. Just me.
Sadly no pictures remain in my possession of mum in her beautiful ball gowns. Just me.

With dusty books..... secure, I feel.

Safe and warm.........I find myself.

In a world where nothing can go wrong.

Where Daddy is there and always strong

Occasionally peering o'er his book

And smiling at his little girl ---- so loved.

Our sense of smell.

Just one of many gifts

We have and should

Always treasure/.



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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi saddlerider, dear old friend...."Aromatic and visual" High praise indeed. Thank you so much.

    One of our favourite pastimes (My husband and l) is to wander around 2nd handbook shops.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Garage-Info.

    You've left me a most encouraging comment, .

  • Garage-Info profile image


    4 years ago from United States

    Lovely poem you have written.. it's true that certain smells of old things that have been kept for long, when you take them out, will remind you of those tender warm memories.. I also love the pic of you in your mother's gown (I must guess that you look like her too). Thank you for sharing :)

  • saddlerider1 profile image


    4 years ago

    What an aromatic and visual poem, I know the feeling, I have a great sense of smell and often either in attics, basements, old rooms and library sense the presence of the spirits who dwelt in them in their period. I especially love the smell of old books and get lost in their history, where they were printed, written by who, what the author felt while writing their stories. So much more, I loved this poem, well done Dim, I felt lost in time for a spell.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    4 years ago from Great Britain

    Wow...... Hugs right back at you.

    Thank you for your kind words .

  • Faith Reaper profile image

    Faith Reaper 

    4 years ago from southern USA

    Wow, Dim, I truly loved this and those smells do truly bring the memories flooding back. Superb poem. Love your photo too!

    Up and more and pinning and tweeting


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi billybuc.

    You too are a treasure to me with your constant encouragement.

    Thank you.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    4 years ago from Great Britain

    Wow! Thank you for that great little poem.

    Very kind of you to take time to comment.

  • mckbirdbks profile image


    4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas


    Where to begin

    Book shelves

    Filled to the brim

    Both Conrad

    And Kipling’s Kim

    Next to Gunga Din

    Oh the aromatic words

    that flow from

    your pin

    Your memories are strong and thank you for sharing some of the tenderness of your past

  • billybuc profile image

    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I am constantly advising writers to write to the senses, because our senses are what we all have in just did it beautifully...and it was nice to see a picture of you in that stunning gown. :)


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