FIVE A.M. IN THE PINEWOODS
their hoofprints in the deep
needles and knew
they ended the long night
under the pines, walking
like two mute
and beautiful women toward
the deeper woods, so I
got up in the dark and
went there. They came
slowly down the hill
and looked at me sitting under
the blue trees, shyly
closer and stared
from under their thick lashes and even
nibbled some damp
tassels of weeds. This
is not a poem about a dream,
though it could be.
This is a poem about the world
that is ours, or could be.
one of them— I swear it!—
would have come to my arms.
But the other
stamped sharp hoof in the
pine needles like
the tap of sanity,
and they went off together through
the trees. When I woke
I was alone,
I was thinking:
so this is how you swim inward,
so this is how you flow outward,
so this is how you pray.
Mary Oliver, House of Light
Beacon Press, Boston (1962)
Today is International Peace Day, as declared by the United Nations. It’s a day to highlight efforts by individuals, communities, nations and governments to end conflict and promote peace. As a parent, and midwife, my focus tends towards women and children, and an organization that I’d like to draw attention to is Women for Women. You’ll see their link at the lower right of my blog, or you can find their website here. They are a terrific organization that Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn included in their list of organizations that help women in developing countries. This list was an addendum of sorts to their heart-wrenching but very salient article in the New York Times, Saving The World’s Women: The Women’s Crusade. If you missed it, I highly recommend you read it on this day of International Peace.
Roxana Villa, natural perfumer and promoter of peace, has gathered ten of us perfume bloggers to discuss her “Perfume for Peace” (the perfume is unnamed, represented only by the peace symbol) as well as our thoughts on this day. Some proceeds from Perfume for Peace go towards helping the Peace on Earth Project come to fruition. The Peace on Earth Project aspires to be a series of concerts in sacred places all over the world, that is envisioned as a musical prayer for peace. It will also be a live concert telethon that will, “address pressing issues of hunger, poverty, shelter, health, and the safety of children worldwide.”
So how does Perfume for Peace smell? Joyous and uplifting, then moving into sublime and serene. The liquid perfume is energetic with vibrant citrus and ginger, enough to waken your senses and get you moving in the world. A gentle call to attention if you will. From this piquant, spicy citrus, emerge lovely florals and woods which was revealed to me as vintage Mysore sandalwood after I wore the fragrance for a few hours. Honestly, I would have guessed oud with its tangy yet dried woodiness. Smooth vanilla enhances the drydown, so if you like a honeyed, balsamic end to your fragrance, this Perfume for Peace might be one to consider.
Roxana has also created this in a perfume solid, which has the same notes (clementine, neroli, ginger, champa, blue lotus, vintage Mysore sandalwood, tobacco and vanilla orchid bean), but its evolution is slightly different and wears closer to the skin than the liquid perfume. It begins with that tang from the vintage Mysore sandalwood right off the bat, and the vanilla is more evident from the beginning as well. It unfurls quickly into the sweet and smooth vanilla woods that is reminiscent of Lyra. (Read here about the “ice cream cone trees” both Lyra and the Perfume for Peace remind me of). Both are beautiful creations from a gifted natural perfumer who has created a fragrance about the world that is ours, or could be.
If you leave a comment at Roxana’s blog by October 1st, you will be entered in her drawing for a sample of this Perfume for Peace. Roxana’s Perfume for Peace is available at her esty site.
Please visit the other participating blogs:
Bitter Grace Notes
Memory and Desire
Perfume Smellin’ Things
posted by ~Trish
18 thoughts on “Impressions of Peace. This is a poem about the world that is ours, or could be.”
What a lovely post !
A true pleasure….beautifully rendered, with great affection 😉
Thank you so much. I enjoyed your post so much too on Bitter Grace Notes.
Hope to have the pleasure of meeting you someday 🙂
Just beautiful, Trish, and I love that you are also bringing attention to such a worthy cause for women!
I have been donating to Women for Women for many years now and was so pleased to have Kristof mention them in such a high profile article.
Off to read your post!!
What a moving and thoughtfully-chosen poem to include on the Day of Peace.
You describe the exact thing that I am coming to treasure about Roxana’s perfume for peace today on the second full day of wearing it – the honeyed quality. All golden.
It’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this event with you and it’s great to be able to tell you that I look forward to spending more time here with you.
Mary Oliver is a recent discovery and I just can’t get enough of her!
I am touched that you are here with me on my blog as Memory and Desire is such an inspiration, truly. I look forward to whatever form it takes.
What an inspirational post! I love how you have weaved in your work for women and Women for Women. This has been such a grand day out and about the perfume blogosphere, thank you so very much Trish for contributing. I’m feeling a big collective hug.
I wish it were “work”…it’s simply a monthly donation, but it still feels good.
Thanks again for inviting me to be a part of this blogging event. I’ve enjoyed it greatly 🙂
Loved the poem! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. And pursuing a worthy cause just makes it all seem better eh? It was a pleasure working on this project with all of you.
Such a pleasure E! Isn’t the poem just beautiful? Mary Oliver has a way of getting right in deep. Amazing.
Thanks for being a part of the peace blog-fest 🙂
Lovely description of the perfume and motivational ideas for helping peace happen, thank you.
It was my pleasure to be a part of this with you and everyone else Lucy. I enjoyed your contribution greatly.
Here’s to peace,
I loved being a part of this with you….Your review was truly wonderful and thank you for bringing my attention to Women to Women…I am so glad to know of them and their powerful work for women all over the world.
All my best,
Thanks Beth! As I commented on your blog, your review really moved me. Your words were so beautiful and delicately powerful. It was an honor to share this blogging experience with you. Thanks to Roxana for getting us all together!
Thank you for sharing that wonderful poem as part of your reflection on peace and Roxana’s fragrance.
You’re welcome Amy, thank you for taking the time to read it.
Way to go, Trish and Roxana!
Awesome that you are bringing attention to Women for Women! I read the NYTimes article weeks ago and was completely blown away by it! It was revolutionary! It re-energized me, and my hopes and dreams.
Also, I am wearing Roxana’s “Peace” right now and it has such a rich, deep, mystery to it. I love when I can’t figure a perfume out for a while, it shows a real art in blending! I love how it is warm, earthy, and feels ancient, too. Beautiful, serene, and restful, just what i need!
~Laurie, Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! (Did you see the comment from the poster under the “Bee Here Now” post? She just wrote about receiving your sample pack 🙂
Indeed Women for Women is such a worthy cause. They are having a matching fund raiser going on right now, a great time to contribute!!
I’m sure Roxana will appreciate your thoughtful praise of “Peace”…