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Pet Rat

An Ivory Netsuke of a Rat

In his pocket he keeps a rat, small to him but monstrous moving across your spotless kitchen floor.

He calls his rat Jack and feeds it crackers, cheese, and apple pieces from his many snacks.

In school he strokes Jack’s squirming back when the teacher asks for facts [...]

Endangered Family

Doe in the Monastery Garden, 1912

Sun and shadow dapple your sleek brown back as you move gracefully across my lawn down near the brook bordering the woods.

Munching vines, your young one looks up at you but your eyes stray to your antlered mate over in the next yard. He signals so you [...]