From the perfumery of dreams,
from the balsam and sandalwood of my joys
and afflictions, by alembic and press,
let me distill my poetry.
The aromatics of joy:
lily, jasmine, violet and rose,
blossoms of citrus, mimosa, narcissus,
osmanthus, unopened buds of clove.
Sadness is the maceration of wood:
distillations of sandalwood and birch,
rosewood, agarwood, cedar,
juniper and pine.
Fragrant arbor, acceptance, leaves and twigs:
lavender, rosemary, violets and sage,
patchouli, tomato leaf,
hay grass and citrus.
Abhorrence’s scent is subterranean:
bulbs and roots, rhizomes of iris and ginger,
From this the incense of fear:
the resinous secretion of fossil conifers,
pine and fir, amber, copal, balsam,
frankincense and myrrh.
Anger is wrung from gnarled bark:
oils of cascarilla and cinnamon,
the alchemy of safrole
and fragrant helional.
Anticipation, skimmed from peel and rind:
oranges and limes,
grapefruit, cherry, lemon sharp,
Surprise scatters in fragrant seeds:
coriander and caraway,
mace, nutmeg and cardamom,
cocoa and anise.
Breathe in thus my soul with these verses,
distilled from hope and despair,
from love and remorse,
the subtle perfumery of dreams.