The Dryer Vent Invasion (poem)

The Dryer Vent Invasion

Last night I dreamt
that Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller
had entered my basement
through the dryer vent,
maybe “entered” is the wrong word
it was more an “insinuation”,
a slithering, under the vent flap
down the plastic vent hose
and into the dryer drum
where they paused briefly
to cough up some lint
before pushing open the dryer door
and oozing out onto the basement floor.

In the morning I went down to check the basement
feeling more than a little anxious.
it was empty, nothing had changed.
I sensed movement
out of the corner of my right eye
I turned, but there was no one there.
I sensed movement
out of the corner of my left eye
I turned, again there was no one there
but there was a smell
not the usual one, from that sock
abandoned at the bottom of my gym bag
this was rancid, pungent, acrid, fetid, halitotic
with a hint of damp weasel
the smell of venal ambition
the smell of distilled evil
one hundred per cent proof.

Taking part in Open Link Weekend over at earthweal

11 thoughts on “The Dryer Vent Invasion (poem)

  1. kim881

    A creepy dream, Jim, with all that slithering and coughing up of lint. My cats would have something to say about that. The smells are so evocative – I’ll take the abandoned sock when given the choice of
    ‘…rancid, pungent, acrid, fetid, halitotic
    with a hint of damp weasel
    the smell of venal ambition
    the smell of distilled evil’.
    Priceless!

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  2. Steve Simpson

    A vivid horror piece, Jim, with a flow that had me on the edge of my seat. This surreal suburban invasion by an incomprehensible reptilian species out of some dark dimension had me wondering what’s next? Garlic may help, perhaps with pasta.

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