Photo by Adam Cohn.
The moment I arrived
I knew I had chosen a dive --
the smell of red roses
far from what I see this place poses
at the Bulldog Hostel
vile stink is constant in my nostril
antiseptic and mold
a combo that can't be untold
mildew and grime
a better smell not hard to find
I can enjoy my stay
with my nose plugged for most of the day
and continue my great journey
knowing these smells won't land me in a gurney.
Ian Phillimore is a Vancouver writer who participates in Megaphone writing workshops at Onsite.