I

Rain

Pounding

Running

Down the drain

Roaring past steel pipes

Pouring Past rats

II

Wild sewer rats

Clawing

Gnawing

Grinding the bowels of the city

Chewing through electric lines

III

Their effervescent luminous eyes

can be seen peering

out of the culverts

their soft

grey fur

soaked

in the putrid bile

which pours

from the festering entrails

of the asphalt beast

IV

A drowned brother

Floats by

They scurry

Grab him up

But

Unlike their

blessed enemies

they donot

Feast

Upon their

Late brethren

No

They simply

Carry him

Off

To place him

In some

Dark

Secluded

Forbidden

Corner

And

Leave him

There

V

Once

the time of decay

has passed

they take his body

(be it bone

Or

Leather)

And

Place it

Upon a shelf

Along with

All of the others