Creative Prompt, 12.14.22
"Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy."
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It started with a mouse. It ran across my floor on Tuesday evening so I set two traps, one under the fridge and another in the cupboard. In the middle of the night when I got up to use the restroom I heard a loud snap and felt a terrible pain in my foot. I screamed and flipped on the bathroom lights and saw that I’d stepped on the trap and it’d crushed my big toe. The trap was in front of the toilet.
The next morning I went to the park with my dog as I always do and set her loose. She bounded off into the woods and then I heard a whimper and saw her running back in my direction. Her tail was between her legs and the fur on her back was standing up. She came to a sliding stop between my legs. A large squirrel stopped five feet away and stood on its hind legs and screeched. I yelled and kicked dirt but the squirrel was defiant. We left the park.
I got back to my place and my key wouldn’t unlock the door. I sat in the hallway and looked up locksmiths on my phone when a group of small mice approached the door. A larger mouse scurried out through the gap under the door and greeted the others. They followed him in.
I realized I was starving so I walked to the bodega on the corner. My bodega guy was sitting on the stoop with his head in his hands.
“What’s wrong?” I said.
He wept and wouldn't answer.
I walked around him and into the bodega and to my shock, a cat stood behind the counter. Another cat was stocking the shelves with sardines and milk and cat food.
I was so hungry that I started to feel lightheaded. I walked to the bench two streets down but it was covered in pigeons. I tried to sit but they didn’t fly away, they just squawked at me. A large pigeon emerged with a whole slice of bread in its talons. It picked off a little crumb with its beak and dropped it on the ground. The rest of the pigeons just watched. The crumb was pumpernickel, not my favorite, but I couldn't resist. I picked up the crumb and put it in my mouth and savored it. The pigeons squawked with delight. I asked for another crumb. The pigeon threw one on the ground. I asked for another. And another. And another.
I stretched my wings
cool strawberry petals
siphoned through the air
and I was off
it might be about flying
it could be angels
all of God’s creatures
from my buzzing red wings
I could see them
lions tigers cows sloths
and silent whales
admiring my spots
exploring their new world
for the animals
tunnels became oceans
airways opened into vast plains
and tinsel twisted into sparkling deep jungles
my ladybird wings ceased
and we could all breathe