Dogs 2006

STENCH
(10/7/06)


down
at the river
my usual routine
walking therapy
on a late
sunny afternoon
still quite warm
for early October
and so damned good
to be out and about
after a cramped day
caught in the
office

a light breeze
blowing across the path
brought a sudden
overpowering odor
wafting over me
the smell was bad
but still I stopped
wondering at the source
of such foul emanation
which while sickening
also had
a hauntingly heavy
sweet aroma

it was death
of course
the cause of it all
a possum corpse
swelling in the heat
the swarming insects
and sweltering sun
doing their
work

I walked on
but a rank reminder
followed me

also other
memories

the cloying smell
of a dying
relationship
long after
it had rotted away
of its own
accord

in that case
however
it wasn't
the lover
but the love
that had
died

the woman
just didn't have
the good graces
to naturally
decompose