I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, (available on Amazon, linked on title or here on NCTE), which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.
Today’s writing exercise focuses on smell and memory – the most connected sense to remembering the past. Vaughn encourages writers to explore the sense of smell connected to a memory in the writing.
Her Charm Bracelet Mom's Estee Lauder lingers even now, 7 years later in my closet on her scarves I kept in her mirrored box lined with burgundy velvet where her charm bracelet rests jingles when I need to hear her here next to me I breathe in, smell her presence hold her here then exhale, release knowing everything will be okay