Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Phoebe-ish Poem

Passing through the fragrance of the roses and the petrichor
I reach the office to sit in midst of the stale cubicles, which is a bore
I catch the whiff of a sudden rotten smell and I look around to verify
I realise it is the stink of the unwashed socks and in my seat I petrify!

I try to turn around and give a filthy look at the person who spoiled the morning

But the smell is so strong that I sit there and think of a way to end the mourning!
I thought of Phoebe and her smelly cat song and instantly imagined me singing one
The lines of which would go like, "Smelly shoes , smelly shoes ,What is he feeding you?"
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Sitting in the same room along with you both is the biggest feat!
Smelly shoes, smelly shoes why are you sticking to those feet?

Get rid of them , breathe , relax and just be scot-free!
When the smell drifts off , those feet will be happy and happy will be we!!

Smelly feet, smelly feet , I hope you utter the truth

Should I blame you, the socks or the shoes, on whom should I have the ruth?!
Who among you is actually spreading the stink?
The smell has engulfed me and I am losing the ability to think!

To add to my misery, it has rained, which ruined my day

Because, the strong obnoxious odour is here to stay!
I want to leave the office this second, come what may
But I have tons of work to do and I can only sit and pray!

Dear stinky shoes, I cannot imagine the stuff hidden underneath

And not so dear drenched socks, I wish there was a dryer beneath!  
Anyway you need not take my wrath and face the music
It is your owner who made the pleasant morning tragic!

It is a wonder how a person is oblivious to his own stink.

It is amusing to see that he is happily humming and I am at the brink!
Oh God! Give me the power to lose the sense of smell for sometime.
Or give him the power to disappear from my vicinity and please end the crime!!

PS: This poem was started on a rainy day, at office in my cubicle , the moment I caught the whiff of smelly shoes and  for some reason I never finished it. The unfinished poem was getting stale in my drafts. The smell was so strong that it made me open the draft-post ;-). I finally finished it now in summer when the temperature is high enough to roast me!

PPS: My poem clearly has the Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) style. I started watching FRIENDS Tv show now. Yes I am two plus decades late and my addiction to the show is irreparable :) I love Chandler , Joey and Phoebe the most! A post definitely on Friends, some other day!

Have fun and a great weekend and please wish that I blog more often :)

Enjoy Phoebe's cute song ;)


  1. Enjoyed the poem very much. Lisa Kudrow won an Emmy Award. Therefore, you also deserve an award.

    1. haha !
      That was an instant comment SG. I was still editing and deleting few words ;)
      Thanks a lot . I will take this first comment as an award !

  2. haha Enjoyable poem. Haven't we all been through that during the rains?!

    1. ya a totally uninvitede experience !
      Thanks for ur time here

  3. Hahaha..good one Afshan. :-) I feel the rainy day pains here, but I wish it would rain. Too hot here in Hyd!

    1. Ya scorching sun is roasting me live !

      Thanks nandana

  4. Good one Afshan :) I know how horrible one can feel, if stuck that way..

    1. haha ya ! U cant really shift to a diff place
      THanks for ur time here

  5. How dirty must those socks be if you can smell them through the shoes?! Yuck!
    Glad you're enjoying "Friends"!

    1. Ya Friends is the sole inspiration for this piece !

      Thanku Dyanne

  6. are such fun :)

  7. LOL!! So funny!! As you may know, I still haven't caught on about Friends but I still love your poem!

    1. FRIENDS is something to which U can get used to . Give it another chance:)

  8. Funny poem Afshan. Those socks can surely give out rotten smell, and in a closed environment, it is like our nose dying every second. I watched Friends last year, and I can watch it again and again. :)

  9. Thats a funny poem. I've watched all seasons of friends like 4 times.

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