to the mouse in our house

To: Mr. Mouse

When we packed our bags not 6 weeks ago
And moved away from everyone we know
We knew our home would feel empty, barren
Little did we know you would be so darin’
As to think that you, furry gray field mouse
Should take up residency in our quirky old house
I admit that the liquor cabinet has hardly been used
And the table sits empty, feeling quite snoozed
But truth be told, you annoying gray creature
You have – unwelcomed – been quite the teacher
For your appearance last evening at half past midnight
And my sleeping-and-waking, and dreams full of fright
Reminded me how uncomfortable I feel in this place
With its newness and bigness and so much empty space
Nothing sits quite right – it’s not as cozy as home
And I wonder whatever caused us to roam
So beware little mouse, we come with a vengeance
Our tactic, be sure, is not one of temperance
You foiled us last night in our sleep-deprived state
But indeed it is your presence we long to abate
Be careful where you step, and even more what you eat
Your beady black eyes and naivety we will beat
And then we will sleep soundly, all snug in our bed
With our non-hunting cat snoring peacefully by my head.

Yours, not-too-fondly,
Melanie

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