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  The Scent of “Young”
by Mark M Lichterman
Friday, February 24, 2012
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Taking a recess from my "What If" series, "The Scent of “Young” actually happened yesterday and I felt a need to put it forward.
Thank you.
Mark


___________________________________________________________________
 

The Scent of “Young”

 

The young woman and me,

we sat on opposite sides

of one of a half dozen

crowded picnic tables

scattered about  the

Thousand Oaks “Bark Park”.

 

She,

sitting to the far right

of her bench,

the young woman of,

oh, possibly twenty-three,

I don’t even think aware

that I had sat,

the young woman

sat looking downward.

 

And me,

an old man of

seventy-seven,

looking forward,

sat to the far left

of my bench.

 

Fiddling with her phone,

maybe playing a game

or sending a text,

every now and then

looking up,

a slight whistle would

emit from the young woman’s lips

to remind the energetic little white,

mixed breed dog that she

was still here,

that she was still watching

as Kody,

I think not so enraptured

with the tumult

and multitude of mixed scents

from the hundreds of thousands

or possibly millions of urinations that had soaked

the ground of the Thousand Oaks Bark Park,

Kody sat contemplating the throng of dogs

doing doggy things…

like running,

Kody sat within the shade within easy reach.

 

A lovely day

with the mid-afternoon

Southern California

winter sun treating us

to a near eighty degree day

along with a slight, warm breeze.

 

The slight, warm breeze

bringing to me the scent of the young woman.

 

The scent of the young woman

being,

I didn’t know,

spice or floral,

I didn’t know

I couldn’t place the scent

except the wonderful scent

of this young,

oh, possibly twenty-three year old

woman brought me back sixty years…

sixty years

to the wonderfully warm

spice or floral

scent of youth,

the scent

of a girl from my youth

of a girl

that I knew not whom,

and I sat with my eyes closed

savoring,

savoring the gentle warm breeze that

brought the scent of this young woman to me,

bringing to me the scent

of long forgotten love

bringing to me the scent of…?

the scent of the young woman

bringing to me the sense of

“young”.

 

 

 

©February 24, 2012 / Mark M. Lichterman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by pat medlin 7/7/2012
you sat us all down right at the table with you both...i couldfeel the natural silence and smell the warm spi.ce of her scent on the breeze. so nice mark...i admire all yourwwrites and especially liked this one because of the underlying wistfulness of the mood
Reviewed by Laura Fall 3/1/2012
A heartfelt write written so full of meaning well done indeed my friend Laura
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 2/27/2012
Awareness....of another...without a single word being spoken! Beautiful moment captured here, my friend! Puts the reader right there beside the two of you....nicely done, Mark!

Your friend,
Anna
Reviewed by Joy Hale 2/25/2012
I like the feel and essence of this poem. Yes, certain scents bring us back to the days of our youth when everything was more innocent and simple. Scents play a large part in our lives as you have displayed in your excellent writing. The smell of coffee always reminds me of my mother's kitchen... the pot was always on!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 2/24/2012
Funny how certain scents bring us back to treasured memories. Definitely comforting, Mark. ~Lizzie
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 2/24/2012
Yeah. I can most certainly relate, Mark. I'm a young whippersnapper compared to you, I turn seventy-three in April, but even so, I understand the attraction of the young woman, and not merely the physical attraction, but the vibrant, "young" scent she passed on to you. Yeah, happens to me every so often also.

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