They say scent is the most powerful of our senses. Even the slightest hint of an aroma can trigger intense memories. Each time I smell roasted peppers, I’m instantly transported back into my grandmother’s kitchen. It fills me with happiness. If I get a whiff of a particular perfume, memories of my mother instantly fill my head. Scent and memory are forever linked.
Sometimes the way something smells has the opposite effect. Some odors can make you physically ill or pull forth unpleasant memories. What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions a skunk or rotting garbage? You don’t have to experience the event first hand for it to elicit a strong reaction.
Which sent triggers your most powerful memory? What images come to mind? Capture the feeling in your poem.
Suggested poetry forms: Freeverse or Sonnet
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