Science tells us that we go nose blind
In as little as
The dirty laundry, the cat’s box,
Disappear in the blink of an eye,
But so do your husband’s cologne and
Your baby’s fresh clean smell.
Pleasant or putrid, your nose makes
Until the scent is mixed with fear,
Then the nose knows,
Knows there is something there
Threatening your safety
And it warns you of impending danger.
Here’s the caveat no one mentions:
The fear need not be rational
To trigger the olfactories.
And so, throughout history
The marginalized, the demonized,
Have had aspersions cast on them of being
Dirty , unclean, smelly.
Jews, Blacks, gays, Hispanics,
The Irish, the Germans, the Italians, the Japanese
And more, new groups added all the time,
Muslims, Middle Easterners
It is time for our world
To embrace the other and
Banish the fear,
Before the irrational fear of the Other
Triggers a response
Which fractures all our senses.
It is time
To go nose blind.