Kenneally: what’s the problem? Rats only smell when they’re dead and whose fault will that be?

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“Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”

Wendell Berry

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きゅうそねこをかむ 

(kyuuso neko o kamu)
a cornered rat will bite the cat

Left with no choice, even a relatively weak person/animal will fight back.

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‘I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.’

A. E. Housman

 

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I Like Rats

I never saw a rat
Sorry for itself.
I never saw two rats
Consoling one another for being rats.

Rats live good full rat-lives with other rats.
Rat mind and rat heart plunge them into rat sex
with other impassioned rats.
People say they are ugly and dirty and cause disease.
I say people cause disease.
I never caught a cold or syphilis or gonorrhea  or
manic depression from a rat.

Kenneth Koch

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