Letting in Flies

I’ve lived

in this place

two years

it’s only

been cleaned

five times

 

Don’t mind

the mouse

droppings

dotting the counters

with crusty brown commas

punctuating paw prints

in dust thick with dust

piggybacking dust

the tables are free from mice

commas, cluttered with cups

three or four months

sitting

 

Or the smell

that hits you

entering

the stench

unidentifiable

a somewhat

musky

scent

of urine

 

The cups without straws

Do not drink

 

Watch out

for the turds

don’t touch

anything

ignore

the dog

hair

 

 

Don’t go

to the kitchen

or ask

for water

I have coke

in cans

 

See here

the water came

through the walls

and soaked

into the laundry

and papers

and droppings

and added

a fresh

wet

fragrance

to the room

 

The cups without straws

Do not drink

 

No, no

it’s no bother

we can stay

or you

can go

if you

don’t

like it

 

Close the door on your way out

you’re letting in flies