Like the reek of a forgotten school
Lunch kicked under the back seat: It
Overwhelms all else – no
Moldy meat in sandwich, banana
Bruised and bent, Tupperware contents
Unidentified and dead.
The windows, for God’s sake, the
Windows – get them open! At least we can
Quaff gulps of fresh air as we drive.
Later there will be time to make a thorough
Search. Hands and knees – clear out the
Trash, open bags, and sniff. Sniff.
________________________Head jerks up, eyes blink – whoa. So
There it is. As the bag crumples shut
Before its disposal, wry wonder curls
Mouth corners: How could we have
Left it there so long?