Dogs 2012

THAT SMELL
(8/30/12)


I stepped
outside
on this calm
clear
morning
to be greeted
by
a lingering
stench
of decay

it smelled
as if someone
had overturned
an industrial
sized
dumpster
in the street
beside
my home

I walked
about
but could detect
no source
for the foul
odor

strange

with
no wind
to churn
the air
it seemed
that this
was simply
the natural state
of our urban
environment

we apparently
stink
of death

I would
have guessed
as much

with
my freshly
showered skin
I felt free
to hazard
such
an estimation

later
in the day
however
I would smell
much
the same
and be
much
less likely
to notice
the aberration