Your Armpits Smell Like Heaven

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Your Armpits Smell Like Heaven

But your breath could melt a glacier at three
miles, she says, and then we might consider
the dirt under your nails, the way you slur
your sibilants, and how you seldom see

the cracked eggs in a carton, a downed tree
branch in front of you, the ripened blister
of paint in the bedroom, or your sister
lying drunk on the floor in her own pee.

Back to your armpits. Do you realize
we could bottle that aroma and make
a fortune? I inhale it and forgive

your many faults. The odor provokes sighs
and tingles, blushes I could never fake.
Ain’t love grand? Elevate those arms. Let’s live!

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision writing a poem about armpits. But the August 2015 Tupelo Press 30-30 challenge, and Plain Jane, the title sponsor, provided that opportunity. This first appeared here in April 2016, and was subsequently published in Algebra of Owls. Many thanks to editor Paul Vaughan for taking it.

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47 thoughts on “Your Armpits Smell Like Heaven

  1. Your romantic poem reminded
    me of a Bob Dylan song …
    ‘Ugliest Girl in the World’.
    Warning; If you have a listen,
    don’t play it whilst the missus
    is within earshot.

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  2. Robert have you been listening in on my marriage? Haha. I’m sharing this with my husband. Some especially great stanzas in here as usual. “Back to your armpits. Do you realize
we could bottle that aroma and make
a fortune? I inhale it and forgive
    your many faults.” In truth he’s pretty faultless.

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  3. Oh my, I did just go and have a shower and brush my teeth after reading the first two lines, fearing there was worse to come, but no need, I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety of your poem, and your cute finale.

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  4. haha, catchy, eye-brow-raising first line. almost passed on it. but glad I didn’t.

    yah, lov is nuts. we relish the flavor of fruitcake, even if we can’t stand the aroma of the rum.

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