to a rat (20171021)

dead rat
already stiff
by my car tire

i never hit you
nor bore you malice

it seems you
were prey
of neither cat nor hawk

your black
eyes shine
reflecting a late
afternoon sun

you were never
my friend
but i wonder
if you were poisoned
or just looking for shade
and if you knew today’s dawn
was your last

19 thoughts on “to a rat (20171021)”

    1. I have a similar set of feelings for squirrels, though I actually feel more animosity for them since they have adequate food yet keep pinching my peaches.

  1. I love this!
    It reminds me of the dead roof rat I found and brought home to my pregnant mother when I was 6 years old. My fellah was whitish-gray, fully intact, in rigor mortis, with bloody eyes (probably poison, right?). Whatever motive I might’ve had for scooping him up in my little hand and taking him home has been blotted out entirely by the sound of my mom’s screams that echo in my skull to this day…

    1. My daughter once saved a dead lizard in a plastic bag. I didn’t want to discourage her, but I insisted it stay outside.

      1. I watched that movie a long, long time ago. It’s weird that I can remember books I’ve read in elementary school but have a hard time recalling movies watched a decade ago.

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