The Ugly Smell

At the apartment
you waited at the entrance
and waved us away
the entrance was filled
with emergency vehicles
and police

I rolled down the window
as you approached the car
a cloying sweet smell
attacked us
I almost gagged

three days a dead man
stewed in his juices
in the heat of summer
a maggot finally alerted
the residents

I’ll never forget
that smell, the smell of death

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