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In celebration of the vernal nuptials to American actress
Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier of Monaco commissioned
the creation of a parfum.
The alchemists at the House of Creed (for surely the
transmutation of existence into essence surpasses mere
parfumerie) were to capture a woman's life in a droplet.
Upon completion, the elixir, a seemingly simple bouquet
of four flowers, had the complexity of an ethereal other,
paradoxically herself – her personal fragrance until death.
I spray my pillow and a fairy tale garden blooms with
Bulgarian roses, violets, tuberoses, Florentine irises, but
the lovely sillage carries me into troubled dreams.
as the car
misses the curved road...