It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds
always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
Opening line of Love in the Time of Cholera
By Gabriel García Márquez
Cyanide eyes, colored with the scent of bitter almonds,
a darker shade of amber like strong whiskey or tequila,
nearly useless at such a distance, but the poet’s heart
sees not in light but in these waftings from afar,
these winds from other lives, worlds imagined or made
real sometimes in brief and shining dreams, in loving.