Paint smells like
the colour red –
a stingy metallic smell
that tastes weird
on the tongue.

His hugs feel like
a blue sea
crashing against waves;
a pulsing energy
that smells of success.

Her affection felt
like grey –
reluctant clouds and forced

If I close my eyes
tightly enough
everything feels like
the smell of
a world
full of swirling colours
tightening around me.