"Call me anything."

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Rosemarie Johnstone

The Identifiable Resentment

I am here, with a rodent's
mouth, a tendency to use it
for eating and a nest
too frightening to displace.

Call me anything.
I am here beneath the wind,
the bird-of-paradise, the empty pail,
your pantry, your desire
to carry on as if nothing has happened.

I am here while you go
about your day planning
to get to me like the box
of hazardous household waste
corroding in your basement.

You never do.