My Stinking Life

On this hot summer day, I venture to the County Fair. The rancid crowd with a sour tang of perspiration emanating from their unwashed bodies seem to exhale in unison as I pass. I am repulsed with the stench of foul breath stinking of stale alcohol, cigarettes, bile.

Passing the fetid line of reeking port-a-potties, pungent and biting sharp air – I decide I’ll wait.

On to the sickening smells of fried everything: snickers bars, onions, potatoes, and doughnuts. My gag reflex is put to the test.

The animals swelter in the heat. The sow simmering in her juices with a cloud of flies as she flops in the mud to temporarily repel them.
The loamy dirt smell of the goats that repeatedly relieve themselves.

The oily smell of machinery: the ferris wheel, carousel, and bumper cars in motion overwhelm the senses.

Time to go home.

Home is different now. I grew up with city smells: car exhaust, polluted air, urine, greasy diners, spoiled rotting trash, and filth.

At home today with my favorite food smells: ground cinnamon sprinkled on freshly brewed coffee,
garlic butter on warm baked bread.
I inhale deeply and smell fresh cut grass, the eucalyptus a bit too syrupy thick, wispy floral sweet smells of lilac, wild flowers, chamomile, wheat fields.

Walking toward the lake I am hit with the smell of a dead carp rotting near the shore. I’ll take even this smell over the smells of the county fair.

*Thank you Zoe for your art. 😉
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DAILY PROMPT
Nosey Delights
From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?
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