Rat – thoughts, anyone?
Sock-sharp, stickling feet,
Knowing breath, knowing teeth,
Leathered gloves, tickled belly,
Sniff-nose a slicky-slime balloon,
Jugular clock a tick-tock-dickery
Sexing rhythm a jukebox swoon.
Under water, under snouting mud,
Fleas flee toe-tippley drunk on blood,
Drunk on creed-suck of canker sweat,
Bulbous salt of nose, of lip,
Shudders in pipe, shudders breath,
Humans’ calloused plague-ridden pet.