"perfunctory" describes our era -
right hand, left hand, yes sir, no ma'am
warnings emblazoned in red and white octagonal,
intersection risk assessment a learned behavior
"stimulating" describes this melding
of pungent habit and perfume.
Poem © 2013 Rick Burnett Baker
Photo: Stanley Kubrick for Look Magazine, 1949 shared by Tess Kincaid.