Did you hear that?
Flash is on
A dark figure immensing from the floor
I stay on my bed
Will it jump on me?
What do I do now?
I grab my things
I stuff them in an empty backpack
Making sure I don’t touch the floor
Tiny little feet scattering around me
I turn the lights on.
I wait for the perfect timing.
I quickly sneak past,
Closing the door behind me as to not let them escape and go somewhere else
I walk over to my mom’s room
It’s dark and chilly
She wakes up
“Why aren’t you sleeping?”
It’s a rat, I tell her
It’s lurking in the shadows
I have no idea how it got inside
Is there a hole somewhere I don’t know of?
The owner mentioned for us to keep the windows closed
They like to jump in
I never thought it would actually happen to us
However, our windows were already closed
I’ll sleep in my mom’s bed tonight
I want to cuddle but I hold myself back
Not too close, I tell myself
This pandemic is really serious
I huddle, forming a fetal position with my legs and chest
Now covered in goosebumps
Like chillin’ chillin’
Drinking cocoa like I’m sipping down water
Air particles almost as if dancing out of my mouth
Hands are wrinkly cold
Under five layers of blankets
And a hoodie thats thick but not thick enough
The heater’s on
But I don’t feel like I’m cooking enough
As I speak,
Ah yes, the heater is also screaming.
Working it’s tiny little buttocks to the core
It tries … but not enough
Not warm enough
It’s not warm enough
How can I suffer twice?
Living my next morning in a freezer?