Covid-19, the garbage truck and the reassuring smell

Covid-19, the garbage truck and the reassuring smell (poem, a haiku)


It’s the garbage truck

overloading garbage spills

where comes these rubbish!


Market and food wastes

Smell of decomposing loads

yet reassuring!

photo of a dump truck across buildings
Decomposing garbage (Photo by Kelly Lacy on

Humans seem to spew more rubbish than any other living beings on Earth!

Walking past a garbage truck or driving behind one, used to be an annoying experience.

Ironically, with Covid-19 around us, the smell seems tolerable and reassuring!

This is reassuring because loss of smell (anosmia) is one of the symptoms in diagnosing Covid-19!

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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