Sunday, July 25, 2010

perfume riddle VI


ZUT ALORS! It is time again for a riddling perfume bottle to sing you a little song! Who can it be this time? Kudos to the first to guess correctly:

I’m the best of a lot of second rate spinoffs

from a first-rate perfume house, I guess that’s the tradeoff

when the bee-bottle people must needs pay the bills;

they must create potions that give girls sweet chills

of delight when they spritz my citrus elixir.

They’ll think; it’s like breakfast, or perhaps in a mixer

for cocktails, that juice, so sour and so ruby.

That’s me indeed; I’m the fruit with the mostest,

acidic and pulpy, I please every hostess--

on her skin, in her belly, it is all the same.

By now I imagine you have guessed my name.

If not, I’ll give you another sweet hint:

I come in a bottle with a netting of glints

of gold so special you’ll shell out the lucre

for me though I’m named for a medieval genre

of literature distinctly au passé now.

You’ve guessed me, I’m sure, so I’ll take a bow

and exit the scene to watch this full moon.

My name: _____________________!


Fernand Khnopff, “The Sphinx” or “The Caresses”, in Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, courtesy of The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.


  1. Is it Aqua Allegoria - I think Pamplelune (pamplemousse), I'm never sure what is the right name for it?

  2. Yep. That's it! I think it's aqua allegoria pamplelune, but you're right. I too find that confusing and keep trying to call it 'pamplemousse'

  3. Hi LBV - I like your riddles (very creatively written), but they tap into my shy 6-year old self. Even when I guess them, I won't comment until someone else gets it right first.

    This one, however, stumped me.

    Good job, Ines!

  4. Thanks Josephine! I try to censor the part of me that knows I'm a very bad poet and let it flow. I know that shy person...she lives in me too, although I am trying not to let her control me.

    Ines is a badass, you're right!

  5. Hey, what in the world? I wrote a comment and congratulated Ines on getting there first...I think maybe I lost my touch with clicking on the right buttons.

    Yes, AA Pamplemousse! My son the younger was just teasing me about pamplemousse the other day...grapefruit in yougurt, that is...was saying "hey, mom, look...Bullwinkle yogurt." You see, there's a funny story about when I ordered the specialty of the day in a charming restaurant in Norway...I thought the waiter said it was "mousse", actually, he said "moose."

    No mousse has been the same since. :)

  6. EEW! Something about the idea of all those acids swimming around in my stomch makes me feel kinda queasy! Yogurt and grapefruit, huh? Hmmmmm..

    cute story!


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