Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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ST GEORGES TO PORT OF SPAIN

I remember the scent of lime,
Not a flower, a fruit; citrus, like the acid passage of time;
Wave upon wave of Caribbean salt in a hazy vast,
Not seeing, just understanding, feelings of gast;

The scent of lime, would settle the stomach
Not withstanding, and however, some will vomit
This i later came to know
Hearing grown-ups talk, "this and that and so and so..."

Not withstanding, age and status, how come?
Ha!!! the march to the adult's drum
No one told me of this before, me and my mother
To be womb-ed at sea, in a boat, going further

Than the market place, down Market Hill.
St Georges to Port of Spain; i'm still
Age about four or five. I remember the scent of lime.
In my contemplation..... like the acid passage of time;
© gillena cox



Written in response to the prompt at Poetry Jam 'Journey'


56 comments:

  1. I remember the scent of yes we remember the smells of many things that take us back in time nice

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  2. Thank you for your appreciation Rae

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  3. These sweet sour memories make the moments of life.

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  4. i def know the carribbean scent....the scent of time....time and presence are what make the spice of life....of a shared life....and we def grow and learn along the way....

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  5. You have transported me to an unfamiliar place, a journey in poetry form.

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  6. Sometimes it is the scents that stay with a person, isn't it? I can still 'smell' my mother's chocolate chip cookies. I liked your poem, the glimpse it gave me.....

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  7. The scent of lime and the way you remember it make your words very evocative. When I cook with lime, I love the scent that lingers on my fingers.

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  8. The memory of scents can be very strong indeed. I enjoyed going on this journey with you and I can smell the lime.

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  9. Thank you for your apprecitation Vandana

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  10. Thank you for your appreciation Brian

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  11. Glad you stopped by Helen

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  12. Thank you for your appreciation Mary

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  13. Thanks for your appreciation Gabriella

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  14. Thanks for your appreciation Peggy

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  15. Thanks for dropping in to read mine, and leaving your link, i will stop by

    much love...

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  16. Isn't it amazing how much our senses help us re-imagine memories of the past. I love the scent of lime too! One of my favorite juices is limeade cranberry.

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  17. Thank you for your appreciation Kenn

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  18. Happy you dropped in Gail

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  19. I can smell the lime....beautiful writing Gillena!! Smells do bring up so many memories don't they? :-)

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  20. There are few things that trigger our memory, and smell is one strong one. I can still smell the lime. A lovely poem, Gillena!!

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  21. There are some memories that we'll remember & journeys that we'll cherish :)
    Nicely conveyed, Gillena :)

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  22. So unique! The lime imagery works so well here, as does the grown-ups babbling advice. Very well done, Gillena!

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  23. "citrus, like the acid passage of time;
    Wave upon wave of Caribbean salt in a hazy vast,
    Not seeing, just understanding"…. beautiful poem through and through… I feel more connected to you now.

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  24. I have flashes of memory from an early age - and it is more the senses I recall than the conversations… I must have been about 5 as well.

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  25. Happy you dropped by Carrie

    Much love...

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  26. Happy you dropped in Anita

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  27. Thank you for your appreciation Margaret

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  28. Your poem is as sweet and sour as the memory of scent of lime.

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  29. (◕‿◕。) Thank you Priya

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  30. It's amazing how a scent can bring back so many memories for us. The scent of lime is a wonderful one to associate with your journey - and citrus can help ease travel sickness, my grandmother always said.

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  31. Thanks for your appreciation Nicholas

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  32. Live is best lived (and survived), when we focused on remembering the good things.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Magaly

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  33. Beautiful!!❤️ There is such a tender feeling of nostalgia in your words, Gillena! Sigh.. scent often embeds itself in form of memories both sour and sweet.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Sanaa

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  34. memories stay and sillage never forgottem

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Anjum

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    2. Ah, this has a lovely memory by scent. Amazing how far back you can go with only scent of a fruit.

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  35. Thanks for your appreciation Sara

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  36. I especially love your closing lines.......I can feel the memories, and the scent of lime......

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  37. Thanks for your appreciation Sherry

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  38. Beautifully expressed- scent of lime...those memories that stays forever.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Ekta
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  39. That scent and the stories it may carry... a lovely poem

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Björn

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  40. It's amazing how scent can be touchstones for our memories.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Rommy

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  41. I remember this poem... the fact that scents can be so powerful. The "wombed at sea" is a wonderful phrase.

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