Poemdog

Dogs 2016

THE BIG STINK
(9/28/16)

after
a few days
of mustiness
in the old
house

I arrive
home
from work
to an extremely
malodorous
greeting

it smelled
as if
a dog
had died
in there

somewhere

nothing
to do
but open
the windows

change clothes

search
for the source
of the stench

trash

recyclables

dishwasher

all empty

no
undesirable scents
in any closet

cupboard

or drawer

the smell
is definitely
stronger
in the hall

in my bedroom

but nothing
suspicious
is found

I walk outside
to survey
the perimeter

no corpses
big
or small

up
in the attic
it smells
like attic

down
in the crawlspace
nothing
seems beyond
the usual
subterranean
scents

back inside
I remove
the floor vents
by process
of elimination

yep

something
has crawled
into the air system
and expired

flashlight
and mirror
in hand
I check each opening
for the five
or six feet
down the duct
that I can
see

nothing

irritating

to go back
into the crawlspace
to disassemble
the ducts
this late
in the day

seems a bit
onerous

so I close
all the vents

seal them
with plastic

light
incense

and enjoy
the fortunate
first true
fall breezes
of the season

coming just
as I needed them
most

the reeking
remnants
entombed
for the short
term

I wait