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Evocation II

by Darcy Rasmussen

When my then-lover had a job with a business dress code, and a pair of black shoes, he would shine the shoes in the living room of our apartment. The first time he did this, I smelled Kiwi black shoe polish and was transported. Dad is seated on the trunk at the foot of their bed, framed by the bamboo printed wallpaper and floral draperies. I am with him, watching him work - swish swish... swish-swish - polishing his boots with a brush, military style. I had forgotten that smell. But in that haze of sweet, oily odor, my memories came rushing in on me, like the spring tide, sending me to swim in my childhood.

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Darcy Rasmussen, whose full catalog is here, can swim in nostalgia with the best of them.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very well done. So true about smell.

V. said...

This is a really brilliant piece of writing. Great stuff. Keep it up.

Darcy said...

Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Madam Z said...

This is so sweet! I know just what you mean about smells bringing back memories. You describe it so well.