Patchouli by Cynthia Bryant

Senses swoon
under spell of opened amulet
scent of patchouli oil heavy on the air
I climb aboard the moment’s magic carpet
transport to an earlier time
full of kisses that turned knees to warm butter
virtue to a forgotten memento
held onto so long all reason faded
into steamy wanton need
Left to simmer all that long summer
when first love‘s tactile tattoo
marked me woman

Cynthia Bryant

First published in 1997 by two important journals dealing with childhood sexual abuse, Cynthia Bryant has since been published in over 50 anthologies. Her poetry is on numerous websites, an e-book and she has recorded her poems for play on e-radio as well as community television. She served the community Pleasanton, CA as their poet laureate 2005-2007 and again in 2011-2013 Cynthia’s poetry books Sojourn, Pebbles in the Shoe as well as No Time to Shoot the Poets have recently been accepted in the new Ina Coolbrith Circle library section in Sacramento’s State Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.


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