A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that
it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with
Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force,
all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth.
We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages,
we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.
from Diane Ackerman