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by Mainon A Schwartz

rats, somehow-not-threatening rats
(she'd still scream, of course,
but wouldn't mean it. much.)
skip around in the whiskey-fuzz
at the edges of her senses.

small sharp teeth nibble
at what she's written:
"Borrowed pen is borrowed ink
is borrowed time."

it's not enough.
there's pressure, urgency, a mad need
to get herself down securely
on paper, in off-black and cream
before the edges close on the middle

and the rats go everywhere.


Posted on 01/06/2008
Copyright © 2021 Mainon A Schwartz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 01/06/08 at 07:52 PM

Ah, but one is never secure once it is down on paper. It will be read and re-read, picked apart, reviewed by all. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/21/14 at 06:27 PM

Loved the underlying rat tension in this - lots of skittering.

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