Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE PET, by LEONORA SPEYER



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THE PET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope gnawed at my heart like a hungry rat
Last Line: Rats leave the sinking ship, they say.
Subject(s): Rats


Hope gnawed at my heart like a hungry rat,
Ran in and out of my dreams high-walled,
I heard its scampering feet:
"Pretty rat -- pretty rat --!" I called,
And crumbled it songs to eat.

Hope peeped at me from behind my dreams,
Nibbled the crumbs of my melodies,
Grew tame and sleek and fat;
Oh but my heart knew ease
To feel the teeth of my rat!

Then came a night -- and then a day --
I heard soft feet that scuttled away --
Rats leave the sinking ship, they say.





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