19 February 2009

Rat Philosophy

been living with rats for years
mistook turds as quaint seeds
teeth marks as odd messages
– even had words with one

we’re a different family you know
he said quietly, described their
taxonomy, rodentia muridae,
apologised for raiding the hens’ grain

but there are thousands of you
I said amazed, so where on
earth do you all fit in – there
can’t be that much room

we adapt, get by on crumbs he
sighed – like you we find the
space to breed and live life lustily
because there’s no guaranteed
© 26 September 2008, I. D. Carswell