Vermin In The Time Of Pestilence

Vermin In The Time Of Pestilence

A Poem by Robert Trakofler
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A bit of humor inspired after reading an article in the New York Times... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/nyregion/rat-infestation-nyc.html

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We are starving I must tell you

Your sequester has been a pester

Those cast off gloves are hard to chew

And that taste of polyester!

With no nutrition through and through

Take off those masks and give us nectar

A bit of hot dog, a drop of brew!

If you just wore a face protector

You could slide some delicious stew!

And please stop all those disinfectors

From stinking up those trash collectors

We vermin don’t know what to do!

I’ll have you know and this is true

We rats were once the main infectors

Of the plagues of old review

Without us, they never would’ve grew!

But now we have no life’s pursuit

Were hungry with no self respecters

And to this the year of the rat…

We bid adieu!  


Artwork By Dallah Cesane (a present)

© 2020 Robert Trakofler


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Just like them other guys down there .. (please excuse the poetic license Annette) I love this too and can see precisely where ya coming from Robert .. exceptional word play as well sir .. No fleas on you is there .. mind you, I much prefer marsupials and bunnies to rodents any day of the week ... :)) N.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

LOL Thanks Nev, the truth is I have a rat phobia they creep me out must of been all those years of m.. read more
Neville

1 Month Ago


its so much worse now :)
Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Lmao I suppose you have a point there



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I guess we humans are plagued even when we think we have nailed one or more sources of infection, along comes another and then another. Those poor rats though as now we have no real cause to hunt them out!
A 'rat-felt' piece indeed!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

Holy smokes, Hi John haven't seen you in forever! they are rather angry in new york in particular..... read more
John Alexander McFadyen

3 Weeks Ago

Not a good situation. The Blake killing and BLM seems only to inflame dissent and unrest even if unc.. read more
Again I'm with you. Can't stand rats. I think its the tails. Ever heard of a Rat King? Now this really gets to me. But I find the whimsy in this poem quite captivating and I to have read about the hard time they are having recently. Boo Hoo.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_king

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

oh my that is creepy one rat is enough but a bundle of the connected by their tails now that is down.. read more
Rats ... the one living thing that i will kill if one hangs around my house. Windsor has some major Norway rats which can get as big as a cat.
Good poem about a nasty pest.

Thanks for the shudders Rob.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

ugh I hate rats! and cat sized rats would be horrid! I genuinely have a rat phobia lol
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Rodents plaguing country living are legendary. I've fended them off for years. No matter how many you dispose of, there will be legions to take their places. I forgot this is the year of the rat! So fitting! You have done a moonwalk with your clever rhymes (pester - polyester . . . nectar - protector . . . infectors - self-respecters)! The older I get, the more I consider EVERYONE as rodents/pests . . . most people are as inclined to infest & digress, as the furry kinds. Love seeing your creative bent lately . . . I may have missed quite a few of your gems while I was busy snorting ash (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

I thought you might find this one humorous Margie it sort of reminds me of some of your poems:)
barleygirl

4 Weeks Ago

I got a great compliment the other day becuz I can make yukky earthworms sound lively & fun . . . yo.. read more
I have never read a poem on rats. Your ideas are quite creative. Rats in India will never starve though, they have food to eat as long as we do. And here we always find baby rats running in the corner. I don't see the big ones. But we have made peace with it

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Lia Columbus

4 Weeks Ago

Yes, though the countryside is still safe. I am spending my holidays in my lovely village after a lo.. read more
Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

I always visit my friends
Lia Columbus

4 Weeks Ago

thank you :)
The rats are very disturbed this year....because the food left in the streets is not quite as plentiful with the restaurants closed for so long. Well, can't blame them, can we? I mean, they want to spread disease and be feared and now the most feared disease does not come from them. I enjoyed this one because it was so unique. Who would think a poem about rats would be this much fun? Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

LOL Thanks Lydia... it was a fun one to write:)
Very clever! And well written too, it reads very smoothly. I seem to recall seeing that new story also, the rats becoming more aggressive because there's not as much food in the dumpsters. It's very creative to take that news story and turn it into a poem from the perspective of the rat.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Thanks TS I was in a funny mood that morning my aunt lives in New York and after all she went throug.. read more
Technically, it wasn't the rats but the fleas that lived on them that carried the Black Death. Rats, however, are not my favorite mammal, though I do prefer them to some people.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Yes your right It was the fleas Indeed! Thanks for your reading
Oh no, poor chaps! During the year of the rat, too. Then again, how many of us thought 2020 was going to be the fresh start we had all been waiting and hoping for... and look where that got us! I enjoyed this clever poem :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Hi Lou:) I have been pondering a way to help the rats gain a better standing again and the best I co.. read more
LouBelle

1 Month Ago

In my year 6 leaver's school play, we performed The Pied Piper. As an aspiring actress, you can imag.. read more
Can't say I'm a huge fan of rats but they are quite revered in some cultures.
Toronto has had a problem with them recently because of restaurant closures.
I'm a country girl fortunately. Why do I feel itchy all over now?

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

I have a rat phobia... I hate rats!!! but it doesn't mean I can't pretend to be one on tv:) now i'm .. read more

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