Attar of Roses and Lavender

Like lavender and red roses,
they’re meant for your lovely sweethearts
and their fine, delicate noses;

not to sting the most sensitive parts
or overwhelm the olfactory senses,
daub with the finesse of the fine arts

as love’s a game of great consequences:
love decides on the whiff of a scent,
so smell good or lead to offenses!

Too much scent is gross and indecent;
a little on the neck and the wrist’s
enough to smell seductively fragrant:

so don’t overwhelm like a face against a fist;
by now I’m sure you more than get the gist!

–Ngoc Nguyen

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