Perfume No. 9, Bvlgari Black (alternative) 

Originally published as "October" in the October 2018 edition of Conscious, the zine.

Smoke softening the chilly air
With memories of fire

The perfume rising from my chest
In perfect complement

Vanilla, spice, and Lapsang Souchong
Today smells like my soul

Sweet and dark and burning off
The things it doesn't need

~Elena Nola, October 2017

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Elena Nola

Elena Nola is an integration mentor, poet, and shaman-in-training. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and has been discussing books, movies, and fandom online since 2009. Her poetry can be found at and for coaching/mentoring inquiries please visit

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