Tag: animal

The Lydia Davis Project: The Mouse

(based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘The Mouse’)

A trap for a rat
Set in the day
Clamps in the night.

Come morning we see
It lives, half-living
Half-breathing, half-dead.

Bring a hammer
Down to its face.
A gift of tranquility.

Too afraid,
So throw it out

The mouse
Now in the cold
Stuck in a trap.

The Lydia Davis Project: The Fish

(based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘The Fish’)

A fish not held in high regard
Is doomed to die a life much marred.

His valued worth is soon reduced
To little more than cost deduced.

It seems us humans with low self-worth
Don’t give a damn for planet earth.

And so this fish now stripped of scales
Seems so exposed with fresh entrails.