A Dark Peace

I didn’t mean to be found there
huddled in the corner;
red face and swollen eyes
were to have been protected by
the darkness….
Sobs masked all other sounds,
but they could not hide
the dark, earthy scent
of your cologne.
I drank it in.
Sniffles settled into sighs—
storm was stilled.
There in my dark corner
you sat with me a while,
and without a word,
ushered peace into my soul,
even as your Drakkar Noir filled my senses.

Written for #OctPoWriMo, and also in response to Gina’s Tuesday Poetics challenge at dVerse. This week’s topic is Comfort Smells, in the which Gina asks us to write about a smell that evokes a feeling of safety. More than one smell does that for me, but I chose to write about an adulthood experience rather than a childhood experience. Rain has always been comforting to me. But one thing I find more comforting, more safe, than rain is friendship. And to me, true friendship smells of Drakkar Noir.

Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved


10 Replies to “A Dark Peace”

  1. I like that you chose to take the prompt down this path. the smell of friendship is something so valuable. to remember the safety of baring your heart to a trusted friend is a treasured gift to own. well done!

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  2. So beautifully written, this begs for an end to the story. The fact that the name of the cologne literally translated is “Black dragon ship” adds to the mystery.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly. I looked for the meaning of the name of the cologne but couldn’t find it. Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough. But I wanted to be specific. I knew Noir means “black,” but was stumped on the meaning of “Drakkar.” I appreciate your insight, and I just might write a sequel. I’ve actually written a good many poems about this particular friend, so it won’t be hard. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Björn. I wanted to be specific, even though I couldn’t pinpoint the exact meaning of the name and the list of ingredients of this particular scent was as long as my arm. 🙂 Are Moira’s poems on the Internet? I’ll search her name and see what I can find.


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