Miasma

 

With Rottweilers, let them sniff 

one hand --  makes it safe to pet. 

For police, a wide smile, stay back

 

ten feet, arms out, palms up.

Strayed lover, coming back

to lie -- close eyes, cringe,

 

apologize. Generals, dense,

intent, torch a village, pretend

you never catch the scent.

                              Timothy Pilgrim