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Lelie M. Lowey


everything smells

everything hurts

            the face swells

            the head bursts

cedar and pine

eucalyptus and mesquite

            evergreen or vine

            bitter or sweet

florals and trees

spices and herbs

            most make me sneeze

            they annoy and disturb

beautiful yet dangerous

necessary to distance

            inhaling is disastrous

            causing physical resistance