“Synesthesia”

(My interpretation of Victoria Slotto’s challenge on dVersePoets to explore “a neurological condition called synesthesia in which the patient confuses sensation. For example, he may taste a fragrance, or hear a flower….”)

I smell the anger
on the hand that tastes
the silent jawbone
circling the slick tongue
that hears strawberry
scented syllables
of profanity
war and violence.
And I can touch Peace
singing behind them
in defiance of
the putrid chorus
of mute goose-stepping
painted hypocrites.

(Written for dVersePoets, “Synesthesia–Sensory Confusion, or…?” dVerse Meeting the Bar, May 30, 2013.)

 

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17 Responses to “Synesthesia”

  1. brian miller says:

    first three lines really nail this for me…anger i think does have a smell…but that jawbone line is way cool…if only we could touch peace you know…but we can def sing it behind the goose steppers…smiles…cool response…

  2. What a great idea to take an emotion to interpret as you have. Anger, for me, does have color, taste, scent. Our bodies remember those feelings, I suppose, in terms of sensations that surround us when we experience them. I want to pay more attention to this.

  3. cloudfactor5 says:

    Some powerfully intriguing verse you have shared here today. I really like the end:
    “And I can touch Peace
    singing behind them
    in defiance of
    the putrid chorus
    of mute goose-stepping
    painted hypocrites.” Well done !!

  4. Pamela says:

    Wow, that is powerful in the emotion it exudes.

    Pamela

  5. Great opening lines ~ I also thought it was creative of you to combine strawberry scented syllables with profanity of war and violence ~

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    strawberry
    scented syllables

    Yes!! Ditto to what’s been said.

  7. Mary says:

    This is very strong. I can also smell anger within these words. I like ‘strawberry scented syllables’ as well!

  8. zongrik says:

    smell the anger and profanity and war and violence…RANCIDDDDDD oooooooooooooo powerful

  9. charleenm says:

    Smelling anger…

  10. bostonpoetry says:

    Anger fought with peace. This is fantastic and powerful. Great write. -Mike

  11. Oh yes… anger smells and taste such an overwhelming feeling it mess up all other senses… Wonderful writing 🙂

  12. Rowan Taw says:

    Packed with strong emotion – great work.

  13. hand that tastes
    the silent jawbone

    A good fist to the jaw ain’t no party for the receiver. That’s why I stopped going into them ol’ honky tonk bars long ago. I got tired of being the receiver or deliverer.

    • vb holmes says:

      I was hoping people would recognize “I’ll give you a taste of my fist” from old movies–glad you gave up taking that challenge literally!

  14. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …i am glad that peace is still tangible in your world back there… a refreshing view & i enjoyed it… thanks for the poem… smiles…

  15. claudia says:

    smelling anger… hearing strawberry scented syllables and touching peace…wonderful way to make the abstract so palpable..

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