Von wegen Regen
kommt der Geruch der Erde uns entgegen.
Das geschieht in der Regel
und manchmal
verschwinden wir sogar
danach in den Nebel,
ohne Segel,
aber nicht
Das ist phänomenal
und einfach wunderbar,
ein göttliches Wesen
ist es deswegen gewesen.

Copyright © Quirina Roode-Gutzmer 2012.
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“Petrichor is the name of Earth’s perfume when the tears of the gods drum a rhapsody on its dust.” —Quirina Roode-Gutzmer


8 thoughts on “Petrichor

    • When you look in Wikipedia, they say that that special smell (called petrichor) when rain hits dry earth is actually a particular oil that is exuded from plants during dry periods and which is stored in soil, which is then released when rain falls upon this dry earth. Amazing, is it not?

    • Danke, Martin. Das stimmt, aber das ist auch schön. Wir müssen für Mai noch die Eisheiligen doch haben. Bei uns brennt ein Feuer im Kamin. 🙂

  1. I read this a while back but how did I miss the opportunity to tell you how much I liked it? You seem very connected to nature, beautiful observations… and I have learnt a new word. I always felt there should be a name for that very specific smell of soil moistened in the first burst of rain. Do you think there is a name for the smell of rice paddies – fertility embodied? Must be one of my favourite smells in the world.

  2. Just read this in my Welsh tinged German, how you get the flow using the German language surpasses me completely, but I too felt the fragrant mist rising from the wet soil.

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