Poemdog

Dogs 2018

LESSER EXORCISM
(7/5/18)

I look
down
upon the floor
where he
died

there
are a few
stains there
but I have
no idea
whether they occurred
pre
or post mortem

still
there is
an odd smell
coming
from the room

something
needs
to be done

so I pull
up
the carpet

the padding

the old linoleum
underneath

down
to decades old
tile on concrete
that seems very happy
to stay
just where
it is

I toss
the collection
into an oversized
trash container
destined
for the curb

windows
open

the smell
seems
to have
dissipated

but I have
inhaled
so much
dead dust
that I can't
be sure

I will not
know
for certain
until I come home
from work
tomorrow
with a fresh
nose

his body
has been
gone
for over
two months

now I feel
as if his
depressed spirit
is gone
as well

no longer
haunting
my daily
rounds