There is a Mouse in this House

There is a Mouse in this House.
Insatiable,
He keeps me up at night,
thin fine claws on metal stove tops,
whispering to the birds what a fool he’s made of thee,
because I couldn’t make the fibers of my home work with me.

There is a Mouse in this House,
Immortal,
I’ve fished him drowned out of drains,
fed him bleach on silver trays,
heard him choke in air vents,
his chestnut jacket perpetually in the corners of my eye,
leaving reminders in my cereal,
this rodent he refuses to die.

There is a Mouse in this House,
Intangible,
he is not slipping through my fingers he’s dancing on them,
quick petite feet tapping on my counters,
fleet and fast like smoke,
I’ve seen him seep through a clenched fist and still escape with wedding bands,

There is a Mouse in this House.
Impish,
he waits ’till I’m alone to play his music,
the crack and chew,
too early with the morning dew,
he will not play his song for you, it’d be too easy to be seen.

There is a Mouse in this House,
primeval,
he’s been waiting,
mapped the walls and painted my flaws,
tactician skilled and iron willed,
this beast knows war far more than my militia mind was ready for,
plotting out insurgencies for restless and anxieties,

There is a Mouse in this House,
emaciated,
what’s his is his,
what’s mine is his,
there is no sacred to things with tails.
clearing out my pantry,
his jaws now tasting for my sanity,
finished with the:
Rye,
White,
and Sourdough,
he’s fixed his tongue on sweat breads,
scuttling with unnatural flow,

There is a Mouse in this House.
Charming,
too handsome a creature to ever be singed,
he peddles on the burners simply too strut,
scampering through flames to test his luck,

There is a Mouse in this House,
Insomniac,
from now until each evening hour,
his paws touch turns time sour.
Ivory teeth clanging out a new ink-printed deed,
he owns the tenant and never even had to rent it,

There is a Mouse in this House,
arrogant,
too self-assured and clever,
cunning, devilish a creature he may be,
but he has yet to get a load of me,
holed away within his den,
his first mistake was in every sighed “again”,
setting aria’s on fly’s wings to declare his victory,
this furry phantasm is all too aware of what he did to me.

There is a Mouse in This House,
sleeper,
I’m plotting my comeback,
sure-footed,
slow breathes,
and savage hands,
I’m ready,
silent and steady;
this beautiful monstrous mouse had best prepare for battle.

There is a Mouse in this House.
But it’s my House.

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