Treasure Island

Kim van Breda

(1 February / Cape Town/ South Africa)

Scent To Remind Me


Favourite fragrances of nature, newness and food
that gently trigger a memory response
familiar warm fuzzy feeling of contentment and happiness
link between present day senses and my sub-conscious past

scent to remind me


opening my bedroom window at dawn
refreshing smell of a misty morn
distinct scent of a sea breeze greets me
awakening of the senses after yesterdays humidity
promising newness of day- awareness of fragrant oceans
coastlines - calming tides- motions of waves
the flow and ebb of life

scent of freshly cut grass- reminder of my childhood weekends
fathers weekend ritual- mowing the lawn
heralding the end of another school week
two days of spontaneous fun and family outings

scent to remind me

of a life- the distinct fragrance of a new born baby
soft muskiness of smooth unblemished skin
baby soap- plastic bath tubs- slippery wriggling bodies
wide and innocent eyes focused… complete love and trust
hooded towels unwrapped revealing tiny heads- soft downy hair
innocence- baby son or daughter

scent to remind me

cold and rainy winter’s day- comforting aroma of homemade soup
permeating through the house, slowly simmering on the stove
a cup of health and consolation
melting away the chilly greyness - a winters ambience

shopping malls- coffee smells
tempting and delicious in passing
never quite fulfilling promises of their rich aroma’s

roasted chicken - done in traditional family way
lemon…a hint of garlic, sizzling skin to a crispy brown
memories- Sunday roasts- grandparents home
gatherings of diverse characters- sharing and serving
searching common genetic denominators amidst social chaos

scent to remind me

Copyright© April 2013 Kim van Breda

Submitted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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How are senses work through scent to provoke memories

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