I smelled them before I saw them. I was walking down Selkirk Avenue yesterday, deep in thought, when all of a sudden I was overwhelmed by the heady scent of lilacs. One of the houses I was passing by had a huge lilac bush lining its front yard. It was covered in blossoms.
Selkirk isn’t necessarily the prettiest street in Winnipeg. Lots of the buildings are kind of run down and old, some abandoned. But those lilacs made the block they were on a thing of beauty.
For some reason I was reminded of the lines from an Alfred Noyes poem. I don’t know where I learned them. The lines just popped into my head as I inhaled that lilac smell. I had to look up the poem when I got home so I could find out who wrote it. The chorus of the poem goes……..
And then I thought of……….