From Rattus: Investigation (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

Stylized photo of iridescent bubbles






Think of a reasonable start

Think of property


Value or character

Kernel, bare-bones truth

Pith, intrinsic worth, the molten core

The heart of gold, the nut

Diamond in the rough

The call, the mission, cause


The deaf, the empty vessel, cabbage head

The beckoning dead, the comfortably seated

And you

Listening with caution for suggestions

Hoping to be excused


The two of them, our heroes, meandering

But following right angles

Street to street

Found in passing

Bursting garbage bags tall weeds

Shook, in a certain spot, welled noise

Of discontent and scanty portion

Squeaking tooth for claw and peevish


It came to them, these two, by scent

And sensibility, a body at the root of hubbub,

he or she, marketplace or mall

to vagabond nature

had been lost and wanted finding

abhorred to be lying in a vacuum


“Then we just report it”

Which they’d done

One liked to tell the story


Began to draw lines on a map

Taking this unsolved death as half

Her own unfinished soul





Ink drawing of child-like figure wearing checked shirt
Now Requesting Action













(2018, Stephanie Foster)




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