2020年11月26日 星期四

Smells


A good smell: the smell of stewed pork. 

     But inside that smell

          The smell of pigs (terrible),

          The smell of soy sauce (comforting),

          The smell of cooking oil (neither good nor bad).

A bad smell: the ditch between the pineapple field and the cemetery.

     But inside that smell

          The smell of chickens (horrid),

          The smell of pineapples (nice),

          The smell of trees (refreshing),

          The smell of chemicals (unhealthy).

A good smell: the kittens I just washed.

     But inside that smell

          The smell of the milk they drank (nauseating),

          The smell of their freshly cleaned fur (familiar),

          The smell of their cage (pungent),

          The smell of their blanket, also freshly washed (nostalgic).

Leading me, of course, to the inevitable conclusion

That there are neither good smells nor bad.

For inside every good smell

Is a bad smell,

And inside every bad smell

Is a good smell.

Good or bad; bad or good?

One day, far away from home or far removed in time,

You might well find

That good and bad have changed places.

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