Six clocks are ticking audibly.
The pendulum clock has struck
I can hear the the falsetto honk of my cat
* * *
I remember when he drove me up to the door.
The windshield was impressionistic with dog snot.
Eyes, hair, lips, hands.
The scent of him.
yes, yes, yes,
Don’t even ask.
Don’t slam the car door and
lump back to my place.
I’m old enough to be his mother, almost…
Go read a book…
Throw the swag on the heap.
The tidy, organized heap.
Just boughten, already forgotten.
Ali Baba could live here…
Walk the dog,
feed the fish,
tend the plants,
pet the cat.
Paddle my feet in the digital stream.
“Nice contrast, and the light is so warm.”
“You’re so lucky to see with your eyes.”
“That’s so funny!”
The cats with cute captions.
The demands for responsible action.
“You can make a difference!”
* * *
The clocks are ticking.
Little Nazi insects – step, step.
Press slightly damp whorls and loops
Against the hollow in my throat and wrist.
My pulse is keeping step with one of
I can feel it through my no-two-alike fingerprints.
The illusion of health.
The pendulum clock strikes one
It’ll be light soon.
Don’t think about the dead rats.
Buried three feet from where my head lies now.
Portraits fashioned of their little, broken bodies.
Prayers said for them.
Might as well get up.
Go check the traps.
If I’m lucky they will be empty.
If I’m lucky,
I will have failed.