My Life as a Rat
I run around the house like a superior,
But everyone is afraid of me.
If only they could accept me
I would be the greatest pet you will ever have.
I am brown and chubby,
fast and stable.
I am better than any rat you’ll ever find.
I love cheese, but not as much as I love you.
I know I can be intimidating,
but don’t be scared.
I won’t bite you.
I am friendly but not a fool.
When I went to say goodnight,
Your dog Lucky saw me.
I ran as fast as I could
But he chased me all the way to my house.
I thought I’d escaped the beast,
But he caught my tail and pulled me out of the house.
He played with my tail.
He wiggled me back and forth.
I wanted to throw up, but I didn’t.
I saw the way he looked at me,
His mouth was watery
As though I am the turkey
from Thanksgiving dinner.
I remember squeaking at the top of my lungs,
But you were peacefully asleep.
The place was silent, with only the sound of crickets
And the growling stomach of your dog.
I will surely miss the smell of your freshly baked cookies,
The fresh sizzling bacon every morning,
Your sweet-scented perfume before you leave for work.
I will surely miss you.
I was an inch away from death,
Then I saw a flashing light coming from your room.
You ran to the kitchen for some water
When you saw your dog,
You scolded him
So he let me go.
I saw the hunger in his face,
I’m disgusted by him.
But thanks to you
I am safe and alive.
Victory is a UHMC student currently taking English 104, Introduction to Creative Writing, taught by Paul Wood.