Mouse, Little Mouse
How it got in
I donít know. But now
itís lying next to my bed
beside my phone. I would like
to think that itís sleeping.
Through the paper towel,
I can feel itís still soft, freshly gone,
as I lay it on the counter
to get a closer look.
Thought, perhaps, it was a deer mouse
Peromyscus maniculatus. I knew them,
summers ago, as a student of Zoology.
But itís too grey and I donít think deer mice take
to the indoors. Peterson Field Guide says
ďhouse mouse,Ē Mus musculus,
Thatís Latin for mouse, little mouse.
Habitat: occasionally found in fields, but usually in buildings.
And like maniculatus it has a white belly.
Thereís no mammae so I can call it he
and be accurate. I wouldnít mind sharing
my space with this little guy.
Why did he choose next to my phone
to expire, out in the open? Perhaps
he just didnít want to go alone.
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