When what we see invokes hopelessness
When what we hear leads us to grapple with fear
When what we taste and touch seems faded and surreal
We turn to our integral sense of smell.
A familiar scent awakens even implicit memories
Bringing forgotten scenes quickly to our awareness
Stirring up emotions from eras past
By simply walking into an invisible aromatic cloud.
The fragrance of lilacs causes us to pause for a moment
Halting our feet during evening promenades
To smell the sweet scent of these lacy purple blossoms
Growing in bunches of tiny flowers on robust bushes
Filling the atmosphere with delightful memories
Of springtimes past, all the way back to our youth
Like a dear friend reunited once again
Reminding us the value of a sense taken for granted.