Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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SMELL

Can smell be thought, odor or aroma
remembered: the cutting of hay frees
natural oils of life into long days of summer
as the plant resigns to death, synthesis
of light chemical energy converted, goes out
releasing a damp molecular fragrance
of decomposing chlorophylls into extended eveningís
perfume, intensely green pigments, complex
molecules of nitrogen, magnesium and oxygen
absorbers of photons, freeing electrons
into anti-bonding orbits, excited states
transferred along the chain, reducing carbon dioxide
incorporating carbohydrates. When cut
the source of seasonís scent lies
in dying heaps of compost mulch or animal feed.




Jan G. Otterstrom F. 12/25/2012 Somewhere over the Atlantic.