Scout & Birdie
Scout & Birdie

On hindlegs you raised to attention,
poising your three-inch stature inside my sink.

Your whiskers sniff-sensed my approach
before I caught you in my sightlines.

Twitching your shock-frozen body,
your heart beat, faster than mine:

But you held my gaze steady
with black and beady eyes.

In split-seconds I reached for the ladle
which greeted your head

With one hit that stunned
and the next that slayed

A kitchen marauder, a field mouse: you,
on that bright Thanksgiving morning

When you entered the garbage disposal
to the great beyond.


About the artist...

Emily Madapusi Pera is a writer based in Providence, RI. She promises no carnage in her kitchen, if you visit her there. Previous credits include the illustrious previous issues of Scout & Birdie, as well as Sliced Bread, Back to Print, and Tuck Magazine; and a forthcoming story in STORGY magazine.

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