A Crueller Trap
Mice spill from drywall holes,
rain from pink insulation. Black-eyed,
furtive scurriers, they inhabit limbo, peripheral
vision, the skiff of claws on concrete.
We set peanut butter traps, cheddar, a double
cream brie. They lick wires bare, feast but never
spring the catch. We wage a winter campaign,
find camaraderie in the trenches.
Though unintended, the result is the same.
Empty wine bottles hold mice like ships, bent
as in the womb. We have to break
the necks to spill the dead, and yes
I wanted them dead, but not this incremental
shrivelling, hunger gnawing a nest.