The rose, I do declare, smells sickly sweet,
and your perfume makes me gag.
I often find manure a treat,
but from baby’s breath I sag.
Yes, often I will char my food,
or pour on pepper fire.
Blue cheese is a lovely aging mold,
and on rancid sheets I will retire.
Some car exhaust can warm my heart,
but hot chocolate leaves me cold.
Your dryer sheets give me a start.
May I burn them, as you fold?
But pin some laundry out to dry
in sunshine fresh with breezy sky,
Just hang some laundry out to dry,
and I will for my Mother cry.
Copyright © by Paul Guernsey Player, 2018
All Rights Reserved
L. Ron Hubbard’s “List 3, Orientation of Senses, section Olfactory”, from his book, SELF ANALYSIS, https://info.flag.org/extensioncourse/course/lesson
Extension Course, Question 72: Give an example of unpleasant and pleasant smells.
The Sonnet: Poetic Form
Note from the author:
This is not a sonnet of any type, but comes closest to the Shakespearean form. My apologies to Petrarch, The Bard, Milton, Spenser, et al. If my form offends, please comment. If not, please comment, anyway.
My answer to Question 72:
HAMLET: “…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Or in this case, associated PAIN in incidents with similar olfactory content. Or, on the other hand, the power of pleasure moments cannot be under estimated. We have the carrot and the stick, apparently, depending on which side of the mind is running things, or which side of he mind the organism allows to run things, for THERE IS ALWAYS A CHOICE. There is no such thing as involuntary action, since a person causes his own feelings, causes his own emotions, and is responsible for his own condition.
That said, the rest of my answer to Question 72 is the above poem.
Poems from the F-150