Moving into a House with Two Mice, Stinkbugs, and a few Curious Ants

black back ant slips beyond
wrinkles in my paper bag:
Whole Foods and grease stained,
full of tea (Ilex paraguensis).

Canned applause in
the next room / behind
wooden corners in brown, green shadows, layered white paint
doorways. Don’t eat
even if the walls taste like mint.

Don’t pick on the remnants
of rust/crusted/cracked/worn.
Soon they won’t be yours.
Or, if you can’t carry the whole
house, don’t throw out all
of your paper bags.

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