Dogs 2006

KILL AND BE KILLED
(12/3/06)


our office
is mouse-ridden
and I have become
the designated
exterminator

while having
no natural talents
or innate aptitudes
I seem to have
a minor knack
for rodent
disposal

it's simple
really
bait them
with the same food
which they steal
or place traps
on their usual
routes of travel

rarely
are they caught
with the first try
seeming tentative
around anything new
they often escape the steel
in the initial encounter
while making away
with the snack

with one success
however
they become brazen
and careless with
the second opportunity
and are doomed
for their hubris

this pattern
seemed infallible
until latest interloper
made its presence
known

this one
is stealthy
but not greedy
never seen
never stealing food
but leaving evidence
of its trespass
in another
fashion

mouse turds
are the new
modus operandi
the favorite target
being desktops
and at least twice
directly on mouse pads
a nasty taunting indeed
this is a rodent
with a different
agenda

I have tried every
successful past combination
cheese
chocolate
peanut butter
along the walls
beside trashcans
and underneath
the targeted
desks

as the weeks
went by
and my attempts
at capture
remained fruitless
my fellow office workers
who once praised
my acumen
now laughed at me
hinting that
I have met
my match

humiliation indeed

I am at
a loss

I picture myself
walking down the hall
one fine day
to come upon
an original
Bukowski manuscript
signed and dated
by the author
and as I gleefully bend
to remove the parchment
from its obvious position
I hear the click
of mechanism released
and perhaps
a slight snicker
as the lights
go out
for good