This is the fourth section of my Poetry Anthology. This was the intended name of the book of poetry originally, before the decision was made for the more apt title:
A Call to Listen.
The Smell of Parsley comes from a quote in the the play Under Milkwood by the poet Dylan Thomas. The blind Captain Cat dreams of the drowned sailors from the swamped S.S. Kidwelly and from the after-life the first sailor asks him loudly and rather whimsically ‘What’s the smell of parsley? The message I got from this . . . take time to enjoy the senses here on earth for when we die we could miss them. In Wilder’s play Our Town the dead character Emily is asked what she misses about life the most , and she answers “I miss the smell of parsely” Hence The Smell Of Parsely seemed an appropriate title for this section of the book which deals with the senses including autumn and winter and jacarandas and moments in the garden. Enjoy the next 9 poems.