within a streetcar, sleeping, I dreamt
there was something creeping
Over the ghastly greasy food bits strewn
about the floor
Startled woke I from my slumber to
perceive my shoes encumbered
By a rodent pack that numbered twenty-two
Ghastly, horrid rats! I
hollered, gnawing shoes that I
Sleep here shall I nevermore!
Thus aroused I stood up panting, for,
though rats are quite enchanting
In their way, their scythe-like ratty
tails I do abhor.
Hopped I thus from seat to seat as
startled passengers did bleat,
Their fingers squashed beneath my feet
like roaches on the floor
Pray forgive me! I exclaimed,
for causing you to roar!
Then I bolted to the door.
In the next car newly settled I resolved,
though stunned and nettled
By the rudeness of the rodents rampaging
My composure to regain, at least before I
left the train
In fear that I might go insane if rats I
saw once more.
"Ghastly, beastly rats," I
sighed, "you'll torment me no more."
Then I spied droppings on the floor.
Dropping my pretense of calm I said a
prayer, I sang a psalm,
I tap-danced through the mini-mines like
Bojangles of yore;
Conscious of the stares of sundry
passengers depressed by Monday
Who, amused to see me stunned, most
mockingly did roar.
"Heartless passengers," I
muttered, "you I do deplore."
Red-faced raced I to the door.
In the next car there awaited terrors
fresh and unabated
Causing me to doubt if I were man or
mouse or spore:
Ratatouille on an iPad, Mickey Mouse ears
on a Goth dad,
Rat-tattoos on a large lad who barred me
from the door
With bouncing rats on bulging biceps I
could not ignore.
Thus I froze there on the floor.
Unnerved, I retraced the aisle, seeking
vainly a warm smile,
But countenances cold caused me my sweet
saints to implore:
Tweeters tweeting vicious tweets, Youths
denying Olds their seats,
Monsters who set dirty feet on seats, not
on the floor!
Vicious tweeters, selfish seaters, these
I did abhor
And could not take it anymore.
Horrified I backwards fled ignoring
all the cruel things said
By hard-eyed folks with faces red whose
manners I deplored;
Back in haste to where Id started,
shunning humans empty hearted,
Seeking those whose simple art showed
what they were born for!
Peacefully took I my seat midst
rats upon the floor
Peaceful there forever more!