The Smell of Lilacs

What if at the end there
was only a question. Not
a tunnel. Not a light. Not
an immense pleasure or
the shock of some long awaited
spiritual epiphany.

What if at the end we only had
to answer Why. So simple, isn’t it?
At the end of the road that you
must explain your direction.
Give reason for your destination.
Speak in glory of your sincere
and heartfelt intentions.
Or the other why of the ride,
why the followers were passed by.
Why peripheral vision did not exist on your plane.

One day, let me leave this life with you
for a reason. Isn’t it simple?
That today it is Spring and I love lilacs,
even though the smell belongs to you.


About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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26 Responses to The Smell of Lilacs

  1. doncarroll says:

    This is really really good. Deeply moved. Today I’m starting to really feel some things and it isn’t getting any easier as to its anticipated arrival. I’m having ice melt meltdowns.

  2. deanjbaker says:

    very well done – lilacs have a power…

  3. 1EarthUnited says:

    So true, why ask why? isn’t the blossoming fragrance of lilacs enough? The smell of lilacs enriches all who stop and enjoy the moment. πŸ™‚

  4. 5h2o says:

    Beautiful. Love the transition in the last stanza. Nice job.

  5. amoafowaa says:

    Wow! Sincere words and good proposition. I love the way you draw your audience in. Yes let’s live and leave in harmony.

  6. cindy knoke says:

    So seriously beautiful!

  7. Love the closing esp, K. And such a lovely voice.

  8. sheldonk2014 says:

    Beautiful,simply beautiful

  9. Ron says:

    Powerful and evocative! What more need I say?!

  10. S.C. Hickman says:

    The title caught me… Whitman and “The Lilacs in the dooryard…” something about the scent of lilacs, death, and memory follows you… thanks, for bringing that moment back!

    • Kate Houck says:

      Hello! Wonderful to hear from you!
      Yes, the intensity of that scent is a miracle. I find my mind alive with so many thoughts.
      …it seems that you and Whitman do as well πŸ™‚

  11. kauaiartist says:

    Thank you so much for liking my poem Alex In Wonderland. I suspect many, many spouses have gone through at least part of this.

    Brent Kincaid, WordMusic.

  12. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    A profound and thought-provoking poem. What is the why indeed.

  13. What is the meaning of life and is there anything after? Is it wisest to simply love and smell the lilacs during our stay here? You have raised the most important questions to consider, Kate, and so eloquently given them voice.

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thank you, Carol! I think we can only see windows into the truth and find sources of wisdom by continuing to ask questions. Greatly appreciate your thoughts!

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