Marvin Lurie

To A Mouse (With apologies to Bobbie B.)

Outside my window, a silky trembling mouse
stopped and looked at me as if I would,
if he stared intently, invite him into my house.

Dear mouse, though we live in the same neighborhood
and you may think that sharing is what that means,
I have to tell you your chances are not very good

This warm, well-lighted room that seems
secure, promises shelter and even food
will not welcome your daring mousey schemes.

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