Scent Verse: Firebird

09th October, 2017

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.

Image credit: Adobe / Yuriy Mazur


by Eddie Bulliqi   

Under your kaleidoscopic blushing plumes 
I am burdened with leaden smoke,
Suffocating with lust to inspect you,
O great Firebird. 

Dissonant chimes screech 
Ragefully into the stratosphere – 
Thin and shrill like 
Sour memories perforated with
Momentary mourning. 

Feathers shimmering like chain mail;
Talons like gilded cornucopias; 
Beak glinting with piercing intent; 
Your outline charcoaled in burning shrapnel and 
Vein-red virility. 

Show your face, beast!
Take flight and scald me!
I prostrate for you to no avail, 
O great Firebird. 

My suspicion turns time as
The oaks keel forward to kiss the forest floor,
Shattering into millions of searing steel needles
Like ghosts of surrendered seamen
With nothing left to say. 

When the neon haze clears,
And the bloodied roses slither through the
Brazen bones of your half-real myth,
I find myself surprised that I miss you, dearly.

O great Firebird. 




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

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About the author: Eddie Bulliqi

Eddie Bulliqi is a perfume writer and aspiring perfumer, based in London, working on perfume theory, the semiotics of olfaction, and the relationship between smelling and philosophy. He read History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and is currently part of the Global Marketing department at Jo Malone London (Estée Lauder Companies).


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    • jujy54 | 19th October 2017 06:17

      I heard Stravinsky's music in your words! Now I think I shall don some vintage Fabergé Flambeau. Bravo