Norah Tunney

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The Scent Of A Poet - Poem by Norah Tunney

In a Paris cafe
on Rue De Barrie,
I watch a solitary man

drinking tea from a china cup
and smoking
a french gauloise,

with a black beret
and long dark hair
his mystery fills the air,

pouring cream
and dreaming
his gaze deep and profound

now and then
it leans towards me
I pretend not to see,

in a Paris cafe
on Rue De Barrie
an overture from Schubert,

and sitting on a table
as eye meets eye
the collected works of Prevért.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful, love, romance

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Upon meeting a poet and falling in love with him and his poetry

Comments about The Scent Of A Poet by Norah Tunney

  • Drtony BrahminDrtony Brahmin (6/4/2019 6:45:00 AM)

    in a Paris cafe
    on Rue De Barrie
    an overture from Schubert,

    and sitting on a table
    as eye meets eye
    the collected works of Prevért. a very beautiful poem indeed dear poetess Norah. tony
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  • Jette Blackstone (11/18/2017 1:49:00 PM)

    I've been reading some of Prevert's poems and exploring a video entitle Prevert, piano, and poetry. I've always been fascinated about the intermingling of the arts, have tried my own hand at writing while listening to music, writing about a piece of music, writing about the process of performing, etc. Anyways, I really enjoy this poem.
    It has a nice simple flow (a little like Prevert) , and the image of the poet in the French cafe brings him to life.
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  • Jr CuyamJr Cuyam (7/21/2017 8:40:00 PM)

    Now I want to go to Paris. nicey done ma'am! (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/23/2017 6:41:00 PM)

    Go JR it's worth seeing

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (7/4/2017 6:44:00 PM)

    Fascinating write that tangles with the senses. This is why I love poetry. Thank you Norah I am enjoying your pen. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/4/2017 7:05:00 PM)

    Yes I love that Simone tangling with the senses.
    Of course I just spent time reading definitions of the the word tangling.
    Words! ! I love them.

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (7/3/2017 8:25:00 AM)

    AS EYE MEETS EYE is a profound moment: it's not just a physical connection with this poet but a spiritual one and I felt affirmed as a poet by this understated encounter.The man is a Poet whether he writes good poems or not. In a sense, you show a man who has by living deeply and imaginatively has become a living poem. I'm assuming the title word SCENT refers to the pervasiveness of the sense of smell: it is basically unconscious and all the more powerful for that reason. The poet leaves traces of his being a poet everywhere, especiall rerceptive is a fellow poet in the serendipity of crossing paths. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/4/2017 7:02:00 PM)

    Gosh! ! ! ! You captured the essence of this poem Daniel so beautifully.
    Your comment is so poetic. I love what you said about the poet leaving traces of his being a poet everywhere and the receptivity of a fellow poet. Thank you for your keen observation.

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  • Drtony BrahminDrtony Brahmin (6/7/2017 9:29:00 AM)

    sitting on a table
    as eye meets eye romance, love, desire, mystery, romance and passion, cafes in Paris, the romantic city. the flair...... sensing the feelings........thankyou very much dear poetess. it is always mystery and mystical thoughts around you and your poems. thank you. tony
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    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(6/17/2017 11:34:00 PM)

    Always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Dr.Tony

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  • Richard Wlodarski (4/6/2017 10:28:00 PM)

    Norah, the imagery in your poetry was so vivid that it readily transported me to that café. And one day, I shall visit it. And when I do, I shall reflect on this poem. And it will inspire me to write one for you. And so many others for a book or two. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift. And for reading and commenting on my poetry. Greatly appreciated! (Report)Reply

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (3/22/2017 10:23:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem Norah. it captured my senses......the smoke, the tea, Paris.....good job. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(3/22/2017 7:37:00 PM)

    Thank you Thomas. Yes Paris is a romantic city it captured this poets senses.

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (2/21/2017 11:41:00 AM)

    Dear poet, I believe this is the first of your works that I have had the privilege to read. I was drawn to the title, for Paris is to poets what the sea is to her creatures. Your economy of phrase provides so much space for the atmosphere of the context to permeate the reader's vision and thoughts, and Paris─like so few contexts─is so steeped in the ethers of mystery and romance and passion that your gentle guidance carries us along with you until the final sip of tea is savored, the last ash of the cigarette is extinguished, and two forms fade together into the shadows of Rue de Barrie, fingers finding intertwined fingers....

    Delightfully imagined and beautifully rendered, my dear poet.
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    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(3/5/2017 4:49:00 PM)

    Your response is a pure poetry, thank you Seamus

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  • Madathil Rajendran NairMadathil Rajendran Nair (2/18/2017 1:38:00 AM)

    Very well portrayed. Good economy of words. Enjoyed. I thought the man was Sartre. I haven't visited Paris. But, have read Sartre used to frequent a certain cafe there. Or, perhaps, cafes in Paris are places where thinkers and writers congregate and fall in love too, as your note suggests. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(2/18/2017 10:34:00 AM)

    Thank you. Yes Madathi, it seems Paris cafés have been places of inspiration for poets and writers for decades.

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  • Chandra Basnet (7/20/2016 4:31:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem, indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • Piew DuttaPiew Dutta (6/28/2016 7:33:00 AM)

    Love this poem...excellent writing. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/8/2017 9:08:00 PM)

    thank you Piew

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (6/18/2016 7:15:00 PM)

    Elegant piece of poetry, well articulated and subtly penned in beautiful diction with conviction. Lovely romantic poem that portrays the poet's bliss of solitude written with insight. Thanks for sharing Norah. Please read my poem POETIC MASTERPIECE. (Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (4/28/2016 8:00:00 PM)

    Loved this one... so well crafted. Indeed beautiful, Norah. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/28/2016 11:19:00 PM)

    Appreciate your comment thank you Amar

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  • Dan ReynoldsDan Reynolds (4/18/2016 6:06:00 PM)

    Norah, s5 middle line.
    Does the it refer to the beret?
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    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/19/2016 4:47:00 PM)

    His gaze leans towards me Dan
    probably should not have put comma after profound

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/17/2016 7:34:00 AM)

    Drinking tea from a china cup. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Dev AnandDev Anand (4/16/2016 1:44:00 PM)

    in a Paris cafe
    on Rue De Barrie
    an overture from Schubert,

    very nice romantic poem. in the city of love.... in two weeks i will be in paris........ ishall try to go to Rue De Barrie and think of you dear poetess and your poem.... thank you. dev
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    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/16/2016 8:14:00 PM)

    Enjoy Paris and Rue De Barrie fellow poet
    , yes the city of love! ! !

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (4/16/2016 10:51:00 AM)

    One cannot help but love a poet whose poetry one loves. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(2/17/2017 11:04:00 AM)

    In a nutshell Kelly

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  • Tom Billsborough (4/16/2016 10:33:00 AM)

    i don't know if I can send an additional message like this but here goes.
    I have found a poem Barbara by Jacques Prevert and I'm having a go at Translating it. It's quite a long poem about three pages. I may have some elsewhere. I get your new poems alert by nominating you as a Favourite poet.
    I think that's all you do. Can't say I'm much of a techno wizard either.
    Many regards
    Tom, Billsborough
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    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/16/2016 9:29:00 PM)

    Would love to read Barbara when you finish translation that is quite a big undertaking Tom
    Will check out that.

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (4/16/2016 8:21:00 AM)

    Love the imagery, especially the man's gaze leaning toward the speaker. This is a very good poem. The irregular and internal rhyme (cream / dreaming) really add to the lyrical feel. Sad to say, I am not familiar with Prevért. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(4/16/2016 10:05:00 AM)

    Prevèrt has a gift for making the familiar fresh and new Barry. That's what I like about his poetry, it's also the reason I enjoy your writings. There is a freshness, an aliveness and an honesty about your poetry that I love.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 20, 2016


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