Mark Danowsky πŸ”ˆ

Poison Down

I get distracted by The Great Fires
after finding a dead rat in the shared
laundry room across the yard

Gilbert’s words echo

Even dying rats / want privacy
in their disgrace

I text the landlord who sounds pleased
when I agree to

“just throw it over the hill”

I want to bury the rat like the dog
in the community garden
– away from prying eyes

I like to think I understand
why it would appeal to crawl
into weeds, into darkness

– a final act

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About the Author

Mark Danowsky is Editor-in-Chief of ONE ART: a journal of poetry. He is the author of As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press) and JAWN (Moonstone Press). A short collection, Violet Flame, is forthcoming from tiny wren lit. His work has appeared in many journals including Bird Watcher’s Digest, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, and North Dakota Quarterly.