Scent Verse: Intertwined

04th April, 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.


by Dana El Masri

Do you smell the Jasmines?
Potent, Indolic, full of life. 

Do you see the Jasmines? 
In unison, forming petal clouds. 

Do you hear the Jasmines? 
Blooming bittersweet symphonies.

Do you feel the Jasmines? 
As they intoxicate your soul? 

I’ll hold you close,
Like a garland of Tuberose. 

It’s hard, I know. 
Will it ever be the same? 

I see it in your eyes, 
The story of our lives. 
Intertwined like fine spices.

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About the author: Dana El Masri

Dana El Masri is an indie perfumer, olfactive writer, and the founder of Parfums Jazmin Saraï; a collection of perfumes inspired by songs and synaesthesia. Dana’s work focuses on scent, music and culture, and finding the connections between all three. Whether it is in the form of custom-made perfumes, working with musicians, to scenting live shows and spaces. The aim is to focus on the role of scent in social interaction, to educate the public about the world of scent, and to bring perfumery as a form of artistic expression to the forefront. Dana has collaborated with fellow perfumers, completed a residency at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in 2014, and has also won the Literary Award for her piece in Odou Magazine in London, 2015 as well as the Perfumed Plume for her piece 'Flower Power' in Reorient Mag and Cafleurebon in 2016. Dana is one of the preliminary judges for the artisan category for this year's Art and Olfaction Awards. 



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    • jujy54 | 15th May 2017 03:49

      I found myself inhaling deeply as I read the poem. Redolent, in a word. Brava.