The aroma of a good pea soup is like music; a deep, old-fashioned composition of notes and chords, like a J.S. Bach fugue. Based on the work of another, the fragrance of yesterday's baked ham brings the inspiration of another day's meal to today's kitchen.
The open scent of ham is challenged in texture and tone by onion and clove, over the underlying, earthy tang of dried peas. The steaming water merges the independent notes in a heavy fugue-like joining, till, after hours of bubbling simmer, a new, again open, scent emerges. Music played to the nose, but not quite a symphony; for that, we need grilled cheese sandwiches and tokay wine.
~~~~~~Yes, our FWE prompt for 12/21/2012 is olfactory: write about the sense of smell, good, bad or indifferent. Try to create a setting where the reader supplies the senses of sight and hearing based on the aromas in your story or poem. Consider tools such as exaggeration, simile and, if you’re clever enough, even metaphor. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~