Monday, 12 March 2018

A poem by Deborah Alma

That Summer of Rats

they came, four or five big ones
their tails overlapped,
slipped around the chicken feeder
outside the window where we sat

one in each of our mustard yellow chairs
his and hers, yours with its straight back
and mine with the fluffy red rug
and you raised an eyebrow

and laid out the poison
and we watched as the babies took it first,
with our own satisfaction
at the sweetness of the trap.

Deborah Alma is a UK poet, with an MA in Creative Writing, taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University and works with people with dementia and in hospice care. She is also Emergency Poet prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance.

She is editor of Emergency Poet-an anti-stress poetry anthology, The Everyday Poet- Poems to live by (both Michael O’Mara), and her True Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press. She is the editor of #Me Too – rallying against sexual assault & harassment- a women’s poetry anthology (Fair Acre Press, March 2018). Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press (May 2018). She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales. website is:

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