Ode to a Rat

Weekly prompt: oil, flicker, darkness

In honor of my daughter’s pet rat, Menchies, who passed away at age 2 on 7/21/18.

What she teaches me is loving
underdogs, misunderstood,
associated with the plague,
eating left out food,
hiding out in the crevices
of walls within a home,
baited to their deaths,
disdained among rodents

she cares for each creation,
spiders, bees, crickets, grasshoppers,
aware of where she steps,
seeking creatures to protect,
and this one, a red-eyed,
fluffy albino rat, was her joy,
she called her ‘baby’,
gone too quickly from her grasp

now feeling numb,
facing that time with her is done,
except within her heart,
her love like oil to a lamp,
flickering in darkness
where heartache compels
to hide the pain,
her love an eternal,
undying orange flame.

Emily Cloward © 2018

6 Comments Add yours

  1. emje says:

    oh! i’m so sorry. my son has two dumbo rats, lily & daisy, and i dread the day their time comes–always way too soon with rats. such sweet pets & such short lives.

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    1. Luckily she still has Squeebs, but her time is coming too. What cute names for your son’s rats. So intelligent.

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  2. Sorry for the loss of your pet rat, and rats do have this bad rap, and it’s all because of the stereotypical things we’d, assigned to them, if only, we can look at them the way our children do, then, this world would be a little bit easier to live in that’s for sure!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your words. ☺


  3. Nitin says:

    R.I.P Menchies. May he find Rat heaven with oodles of cheese and joy. Yeah it’s sad losing a pet. It’s really really hard because they’re part of the family.

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    1. Aww, thank you Nitin. I hope she has endless cheese too.

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