Haibun for an unpleasant discovery

I was hanging up the washing in the veranda because it was freezing and looked like rain and noticed an atrocious stink of very fresh cat doo-doo. So, when I’d finished with the washing I cleaned both cat trays, though there wasn’t much out of the ordinary in them. Went into the study, sat down and sniffed. Same stink of cat poo. Inspected all feet and paws, couldn’t find anything, then husband asked if it might be him. He was right. He’d tried an unnamed aftershave sample he’d found in the bottom of his sponge bag. If the sample had had a name, I’d have published it, with a health warning.

earth scents even
beneath the frost distilling
spring perfumes

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

35 thoughts on “Haibun for an unpleasant discovery”

    1. Ha ha! I’ve tried that one but can’t remember what it was like. I wasn’t prompted to buy it though.
      The girls collect samples from perfume shops and pass them on. Husband has a whole supply of tiny bottles. The dodgy ones don’t have names…

  1. I am laughing and grimacing at the same time. An aftershave that smells like cat poop? My husband doesn’t wear aftershave, but he also would be oblivious to the scent. 🤣

      1. If you have sniffed as many aftershaves and men’s perfumes as I have, you wouldn’t be surprised. About 95% of them smell like household cleaning products. You’d think they were made by Unilever or Fison!

    1. It’s decades since I bought any perfume. I always seem to have it bought for me. Husband is the same. There’s only one ‘smell’ he actually likes and it’s out of our budget so he splashes on whatever comes to hand. With varying results.

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