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Ted Reynolds
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0 posted 02-06-2000 05:10 PM       View Profile for Ted Reynolds   Email Ted Reynolds   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Ted Reynolds

14,000 THINGS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT (#41)

Oh, golly, the next "happy" subject I'm supposed to write a poem about is the odor of pennyroyal, dill, begamot, sage, and geranium!  And me without the shadow of a sense of smell!  What to do, since I do not permit myself to skip a topic?  (And in the unlikely event that anyone is trying to collect *all* of these, the last few have been posted in Critical Analysis.)

Last time I picked up vanilla extract at FoodMart, I barely controlled my impulse to grab those spice bottles and start a sniffathon.  I suppressed the impulse, so this posted here will have to be the "before" part of the poem, with the "after" portion waiting for future experience.
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       LEAVES TO SNIFF ("before" version)

Pennyroyal: the scent of vanished glories, an aristocratic past remembered in poverty.
      Dill: pickles, what else could it possibly be?
   Bergamot: the whiff of a stately middle-European town-mayor on a warm spring day (whatever *he* smells like, and I don't really want to know.)
      Sage: a wise odor -- one sniff of this increases wisdom.  (For one thing, you gain knowledge of what sage smells like.)
   Geranium:  the fragrance of an ancient mineral.  Sometimes used in botanical power plants.

     And, for the record, a poem is what I *say* is a poem, so not a word on *that* subject!

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Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 02-06-2000 05:28 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A poem is a poem is a poem. Now about this sniffing, I hope you don't accidently grab the bottle of glue at the food mart. That would be a very happy subject. But anyway, you have written about topics that would leave me with an empty page. I don't know how you do it!
Liz
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2 posted 02-06-2000 05:38 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Ted,
Agree with Elizabeth, interesting reading.
jascanvey
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3 posted 02-06-2000 05:41 PM       View Profile for jascanvey   Email jascanvey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jascanvey

Are you sure that's all you've been sniffing?  
LOL interesting reading!
Marge Tindal
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4 posted 02-06-2000 07:20 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Ted-
Okay ... I got this downpat.

ACHOO !
Well, was doing okay until the
gerachoonium got my sinuses worked up.

Have to admit ... glad this 'happy' is over.
Cute - Cute - Cute !
~*Marge*~  



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Nan
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5 posted 02-06-2000 08:42 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Sniffing vanilla?.. Make sure you don't get the artificial stuff - It'll get stuck in the sinuses....
Munda
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6 posted 02-06-2000 08:49 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Sniffing vanilla....getting stuck ? LOL Nan, that would make a story !
I have to agree with Elizabeth though, I would be stuck with an empty paper.  
Denise
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Wonderfully, hillariously creative, Ted!


Denise
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LOL...this was different, and I think I can safely say I would be left with an empty page too.  

LOL @ Liz!

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Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
What Would Jesus Do?
Echo Rhayne
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9 posted 02-07-2000 03:09 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Bravo, I think I would be left with an empty page myself, though not until I tried for at least 2 weeks LoL!  great job!

 Just be glad I'm not your child! *evil grin*

 
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