For PI Day from my new book.
Elixir of Life
A perfume memory
Fills the air nostalgically
Of geranium, moss, soft musk
Perennial tones capture the scent of sunlight and sorrow
Once hibernate in the mental loam
Memory buds bloom, perfume released
Rekindling the loss
Caressed by Ribbons of comfort
Like honeysuckle on the wind, flavors of love
Sweeten bitter tears like dew drops on cheek petals
Within each lies a prism of hope
Awaiting release, gathering energy, aroma clusters coiled in readiness
Flowery, Sweet scents
extracted, bottled, applied
Aromatic notes fill an olfactory repository with meaning
Remembering the smell, searching
Whispers of love, warmth, consolation
Triggered a walk through the bouquet-journal
The perfume memory
The nostalgic elixir.
WORDS OF LIFE: POEMS AND ESSAYS
C 2019 by Ann Chiappetta
About the Book
In this new collection of poems, essays, and flash fiction, the author once again exhibits her ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life. There are numerous poems and stories about nature: its kindness, cruelty, and wonder. There are frank expressions of the sadness and frustration she felt at the progressive loss of her eyesight and a poem about the social isolation that disability can bring. Other pieces, though, sing of joys as diverse as family closeness, the love of dogs, the delights of scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first volume of poetry, Upwelling: Poems (2016), there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever.
From the Introduction
While it is my hope that all the pieces in this book resonate with my readers, I have my favorites. Some of the poems have been previously published; all reflect what lies within. This volume is accented with a few photographs. As I lose the last vestiges of my vision, bringing a meaningful visual array to this collection seems imperative. Finally, dear reader, I want to share the prose that reflects the way I’ve lived my creative life.
If just one poem or essay resonates with you, I have accomplished the purpose. For a moment, as the eye reads and the brain interprets, the reader slips into the shoes of the writer. This is the true spirit of what it means to be creative, open, to offer the emotions in such a way as to give another person the opportunity to appreciate the writer’s experience with the words of life.
Ann Chiappetta lives in New Rochelle, New York
Book-related website: http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/
The author’s previous two books are Upwelling: Poems (2016) and Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust (2017)