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Ode to a Dead Black Rat

Black Rat;
        Laying on your stomach in the grass.
Looking so alive by the ant-hill;
        Looking so fine by the ant-hill,
With your shiny black coat.

Black Rat;
        In silent meditation,
Dear Black Rat;
        With such a fine pink tail.
Such a long, fine, pink tail.

Black rat;
       Looking at me with little dark eyes;
Sad little rat eyes.
       Ever open in the death stare;
Already turned to glass.

Black Rat;
        So fine and fat,
Teach me your solemn wisdom.
        Rotting lonely by the ant-hill.
You have just begun to stink.

Black Rat;
        Lead me ever through the darkness,
Protect me from the foes that vex me.
        House me and protect my children.
Teach me how to eat cheese.

Black Rat;
        So much wiser than the live ones,
Speaking reams of quiet oration 
         In your silent meditation;
You have just begun to stink.

Black Rat;
         Oh exalted leader.
Resting there beside the ant-hills
          Your dead eyes full of so much wisdom.
Where is my cheese.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 3/12/2019 11:14:00 PM
This is the kind of poetry I have been missing. Love every line. Thanks for sharing.
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