Sunday Writing Prompt — The Sense of Smell

When I saw that the Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie was the three senses and that we were asked to “choose either sight, sound, or smell, and write a memory it triggers in you,” I could think of only two things.

The first was the Edvard Munch painting, “The Smell of Death,” shown above. Munch was a Norwegian painter, graphic artist, and printmaker. His best known work, “The Scream,” (below) has become one of the iconic images of world art.“The Smell of Death” is one of Munch’s lesser known works. I can’t recall where or when I first saw it, but it made an impression on me and the word “smell” occasionally brings that painting to mind.

The other memory the word “smell” conjures up is the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “That Smell.” Since I posted details about the song this past December in response to one of Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompts, I’m only going to post the video of the song below. If you’re interested in learning more about that song, including the lyrics, click here.

And no, I’m not obsessed with or even fascinating by the smell of death. I’m just, as the prompt asks, writing about memories the word “smell” triggered.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Writing Prompt — The Sense of Smell

    • Fandango April 5, 2021 / 2:56 pm

      Hmm. If I did, I don’t remember doing so, but with more than 6,000 posts, could be.

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  1. Sadje April 5, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    The painting is very evocative.

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  2. revivedwriter April 5, 2021 / 8:59 pm

    It seems that all of Munch’s paintings are deeply unsettling. I agree with Sadje; “evocative” is a fitting word.

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  3. relaxitsallwrite April 6, 2021 / 11:33 am

    Thank you for participating, Fandango! That painting is amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. An excellent choice for this challenge 🙂 And of course, the Lynyrd Skynyrd song is a perfect accompaniment.

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    • Fandango April 6, 2021 / 10:31 pm

      Yes. Both the painting and the song pass the sniff test. 😂

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  4. leigha66 April 8, 2021 / 7:06 pm

    I am familiar with The Scream, but The Smell of Death I hadn’t seen before, interesting. Good responses to the prompt!

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