All My Senses

Sun through the fog. Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield. ©️Merril D. Smith 2020

All my senses come alive

in the beauty of tree-glow, cinnamon and gold
seep into my skin, neuron-sparked,

I taste the pastel river blues, mint and citrus,
drink the night’s indigo, red wine, vanilla-scented and wood-smoke

hazing the humming moon–
and I dream

of morning sky tasting of peaches and ripe berries
bursting with sweetness.

With trembling fingers, I touch rainbow-lettered you
but love is white light, composed of every color,

holding stars songs of yesterday and tomorrow.

For dVerse, where Grace asked us to write a poem on synesthesia, specifically grapheme color synesthesia, so I hope I got it right.

64 thoughts on “All My Senses

  1. Oh my, I’ve seldom read anything as beautiful.
    “taste the pastel river blues, mint and citrus,
    drink the night’s indigo, red wine, vanilla-scented and wood-smoke…”. Too many gorgeous images to excerpt from this delicious poem.

  2. Oh, this is so beautiful and majestic. It’s breathtaking, especially “I taste the pastel river blues, mint and citrus, drink the night’s indigo, red wine, vanilla-scented and wood-smoke…”

    WOW. That is stirring.

  3. This is absolutely beautiful, Merril. I agree with Holly, it’s one delicious part to another.
    I tried to write one last night but it just wouldn’t work.

  4. ‘cinnamon and gold’ and ‘but love is white, composed of every color’
    Fall images and tastes with love thrown in for good measure…a lovely end to an awkward (heck, let’s just admit it: hugely insane) week.

    • Thank you very much! Yes, the battle fought there in October 1777 with many Hessian soldiers killed, and the house used as a field hospital.
      I’m fortunate to have this park so nearby, and I like to go early in the morning when there are few people around.

  5. This is exquisitely drawn, Merril! 💝 Such wonderfully palpable use of color and imagery especially; “I dream of morning sky tasting of peaches and ripe berries
    bursting with sweetness.” Yes! 😀

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