Wednesday, March 18, 2009


chòu: stench / stink / smelly / to smell (bad)

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon, Tianjin returned to the familiar array of scents I grew oddly fond of last summer, as a guitar player grows reminiscently fond of the calluses on her fingertips. The cigarettes-and-chemical smell of my school, the occasional whiff of feces (both human and otherwise) as one walks down the street, the burning food smell gingerly carried on the back of an evening breeze, the acrid odor of my upstairs neighbor's home perm circling our communal drain.

All these are the days my friends and these are the days my friends.

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