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RATS (a poem)

BY GARY CORSERI

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"I think we are in rats' alley

Where the dead men lost their bones" --T.S. Eliot

You're a rat in a maze and you can't get out.

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The rats are eating the other rats.

How do you like this luscious rat food?

Gorge your full on the putrid cats.

You're covered in dung and you smell like piss.

You can't remember when your dark coat shone.

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You're living in sewers--you know the hiss

Of the pipes of Empire winding down.

They tell you you're free, they tell you you're brave.

But you cower in corners afraid of the light.

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