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Wild Bergamot

July 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Medicinal Plants Poetry Project

Earl Grey

It’s the kindred nature
of scent, that one recalls

another even as
it announces itself.

We share names. Bergamot:
like the orange but not.

The fruit, the oil, the tea,
the man they named it for.

The smell of history,
yours, and mine.

The mazy path from
your nostril to your brain,

its flowering borders
full of difference.

Here, if I am not mistaken:
bergamot, wild.
Emily Hasler
(From Herbarium, a new poetry anthology. Launch and reading 22 July)

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