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Ah, the salty scent of sweat,
A powerful bouquet,
Infusing all with noxious stink
That will not go away.

Think locker room or subway car
Or summer’s sultry stench;
Olfactory assaults may come
On beach or bus or bench.

With spikes in the humidity,
Deodorants may droop
And unprotected armpits cause
Bacteria to swoop.

Then people’s bodies will react
And soon they’ll start to reek.
The funny thing is everybody’s
Essence is unique.

It’s kind of unavoidable
That odors start to bloom;
Since summer’s here, we should prepare
For negative perfume.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 6/30/2013 1:17:00 PM
    I may sweat, but I don't stink. At least that's what I used to think. Until one day I went away and forgot to use the stuff. Somebody said to me outloud. Dear Sir, enoughs, enough. This is not true. Just rhyming. :)

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 9:41:00 AM
    Ilene, Ilene, Ilene....I don't know what to write! Seriously! How? How do you do it? Such perfect rhyming about.....sweat! Incredible! I loved this. I'm like a duck in the and out of the shower constantly to avoid this odorous problem! Hugs!

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 8:11:00 AM
    This is so funny---but unfortunately true too!! You are truly the Queen of Quatrain!