Today's poem is by David Dodd Lee

Columbia River

the smell of the body

here at the river it disgusts

us or we can't talk past it

sweat and blood like so many simple fish. . .

the elephants go crazy in zoos
and believe me

we feel like them

the world is what you can see while breathing

I appreciate your not showering

words for how that feels

ripe like something buried and growing

Copyright © 2010 David Dodd Lee All rights reserved
from The Nervous Filaments
Four Way Books
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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