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Last evening, I smelt the frangipani flowers. They were floating in an uruli, spiral whites circumventing subtle yellows. They sat on my screen in an image, during a poetry workshop. We were to follow the usual protocol. Watch, conjure a memory or simply drift with the image. I enjoy these moments of collective writing when I can shut out my inner editor and write unabashedly. More importantly, when I don’t judge my writing.

Anyway, coming back to the frangipani. You might wonder what made me enjoy their sweet aroma. Memories. They make you smell with your eyes. The scent lunged at me from the screen.

They lay strewn under the tree that bore them, making their way into my grandmother’s basket who walked into the mandir with a lingering, delicate fragrance. Some of those flowers stayed back on the tree, adding to its beauty.

They were there- in the uruli, on the tree and in the basket. I wondered which one of their form added meaning to the world. The flowers continued in their state, unaware of their existential crisis.

I was running late. We had ten minutes to write that poem, eight of which I had lost trying to find Sartre in luscious petals.

Finally, the following lines made their way on to paper.

the frangipani flowers

floating in the midst of

veined greens

bring to me

pleasing fragrances

from baskets

and urulis

and trees

a mild balm

that drives away

the vile smell

of disillusionment

It wasn’t a long composition but I thought it was enough. I didn’t get a chance to read the poem (there were close to sixty participants) but I had solved the existential question for quiet lives, fastened to tree branches or lying underneath them.

This morning, I spent a few hours with my potted greens. The hangover from an evening spent with the frangipani.

Do you question the purpose, meaning of your life? How do you deal with the question? Does nature give you answers?

7 thoughts on “The FRANGIPANI”

  1. I’m not sure that I’ve ever smelled frangipani flowers, but I know what you mean about a scent conjuring memories. The smell of tomato plants does that for me.

  2. Only nature, yes, only nature gives me answers. And of late, it’s been nudging me to be –just be–stop asking questions–stop questioning –just be–like the fraginpani. She is what she is. I am what I am. No purpose, no plans, no promises. Just being me every moment–honestly, eagerly, selfishly, selflessly, joyously, sadly, loudly, quietly– in the moment–letting life live me.

    Loved this ‘They make you smell with your eyes.’

    Thank you for sharing this sieve-post today through which my own thoughts are filtering–drip by drip. I reckon there’s a clear concoction brewing– somewhere:)

    Hugs. xx

  3. Thank you Sonia for your frangipani scents, I can taste them too on my tongue….
    Lovely plants growing steadily too. Have a lovely end of week writing.

  4. I often find that whenever I set a time limit for writing something, I always fail to come up with anything at all. Loved your poem. That’s an interesting exercise, one that I can never pull off.

  5. An interesting exercise! I’d never heard of frangipani. When I start questioning the purpose of my life, being out in nature doesn’t so much give me the answer as make me stop asking the question.

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