A fantasy note, amber is—
That can mean many different things
To different people, despite its
Simple formula, comprising
Labdanum and some vanilla.
Or vanillin; not quite the same.
I once thought it was the color
That gave amber perfumes their name.
It’s not like salty ambergris,
Animalic yet subtle, smooth;
Nor like extract of ambrette seed,
The vegetal world’s “musk” that woos
With its rich, nutty, fuzzy smell.
It’s warm in a resinous way;
Powdery, a bit sharp as well—
As a base note, it tends to stay.