Scent Verse is a poetry project curated by Basenotes writer Eddie Bulliqi that seeks to explore scent language and metaphors by publishing poems from contributors across different industries that either take scent as their inspiration or are very evocative of smell.

If you are interested in being involved, please send a direct message here on Basenotes.



Poem For The Hills​

by Eddie Bulliqi​

Everyone knows that
Beauty resides in the
Beholder's eyes but
Who can deny this
Rainbowed great lie
Before me.

Like the high school sweetheart
You unwittingly seduce,
Yielding nothing but
Fields of bitter nothings  
In return for my nudity.
Your colours open for
All passers-by to germ their  
Imaginations inside of you
Whilst we sit on the bench
Ogling what should have been.  

But I come back again and again
Like a faithful dog
Begging for love.
I smell fear in the roses  
And it's attractive. Your suspicion still slimes my heart
But you don't exist.

We must refuse to speak the language of ghosts.


You can view all of the poems in the Scent Verse project here.